Decision Maker Response
Sadiq Khan’s response
Oct 31, 2017 — Dear Petitioner,
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website calling for Woolwich Arsenal to be rezoned from zone 4 to zone 3/4.
The Mayor understands your desire to see Woolwich Arsenal station down zoned to zone 3/4, and appreciates that this would result in lower fares for local residents. However, there are currently no plans for zoning changes.
The Mayor fully appreciates the importance of an affordable transport network. This is why one of his main manifesto commitments was to freeze Transport for London (TfL) fares until 2020. This is already making life easier for millions of people and is ensuring that London becomes a more affordable city for all. The Mayor also provides and protects a range of concessions in London, including free travel for those over 60 and a range of free or reduced fares for children and young people. These policies will help to save people money across the capital, rather than focusing on a specific area.
While I appreciate this is not the response you were hoping for, you will be aware that there are a number of campaigns seeking rezoning across London. These include areas like Woolwich with significant growth plans. TfL has estimated rezoning Woolwich Arsenal would cost in the region of £5m per year as it would have to pay compensation to Southeastern, which also operates from the station. TfL has to balance these demands across the city to ensure it is using its funding most appropriately.
In the case of Woolwich Arsenal, the new Elizabeth line service will provide huge benefits for residents from December 2018.
Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority