Bid for Oyster cards throughout Thurrock a step closer

OYSTER-card and contactless payments being made available to communities across all train stations in Thurrock was the subject of debate at Full Council on Wednesday.

Following calls from Stanford West Conservative Councillor Shane Hebb to extend the scheme from Grays c2c station through East Tilbury up to Stanford-le-Hope station, councillors across the entire political spectrum endorsed his calls for "consistency" across the borough.

Speaking at council, Cllr Hebb said: "This is one of the rare moments in local government where we aren’t fighting something we don’t want, but fighting together for something we desperately want. With one of the worlds largest ports at the end of the town, it’s time the rail system benefits comes to town too".

The councillor detailed the benefits to commuters, and other rail less-frequent users, citing that with ever-increasing fares, this pragmatic approach would reward train users with cheaper fares, and stop residents on the East side of the borough having to buy a ticket to Grays and then use their Oyster card for their onward journey.

"I can’t wait to get c2c and other relevant parties round the table to progress this for the commuters of SS17 and East Tilbury. It’s win-win for all service users".

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