TfL say no to re-zoning of Wanstead and Snaresbrook tube stations
PUBLISHED: 10:02 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:07 23 July 2015
A councillor supporting the campaign to re-zone Wanstead and Snaresbrook’s tube stations has accused Transport for London (TfL) of “not listening to reason” over the issue.
Cllr James O’Shea (Monkhams, Conservative) made the case for the stations to be moved from zone 4 to 3 at Redbridge’s external scrutiny panel meeting last night, which heard TfL has no plans to reclassify any stations, apart from Stratford, which is set to move to zone 2 next year.
A zone change for Wanstead and Snaresbrook could save commuters more than £400 a year, but Carole Davies, TfL’s borough engagement manager, poured cold water on the idea, citing “revenue reasons”.
Cllr O’Shea said: “The fact revenue may drop is not an excuse – all you are saying is we are making our money and we are not listening to reason.
“It is a gross injustice.”
Cllr O’Shea told the meeting, at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford, he finds it “outrageous” a recent trip to the O2 Arena, in North Greenwich, cost him approximately £12.
But Ms Davies said: “Our position, for revenue reasons, is we are not considering changing the zones of these stations at this time.
“We have had requests for other stations across London and the position is the same.”
Ms Davies, who said decisions are made by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and “not TfL as such”, added Stratford is the “priority for regeneration” in London as part of Olympic legacy plans.
Campaigner Ricky Varaden, who handed in a petition with more than 400 signatures, argued people on the other side of London are paying less and the demographic of Wanstead and Snaresbrook has changed, with more young families who have City careers settling there.
Other Redbridge Council meetings this week include the latest Local Forum tonight and a regulatory committee meeting tomorrow.
The forum is taking place at the Karamsar Centre. in Buckingham Road, Ilford, from 6-8.45pm.
For more on the external scrutiny panel, see this week’s Recorder.
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