Interesting. Presumably, this is being trialed in advance of the East London Line opening/reopening next year when more journeys avoiding central London will be possible. I presume that Barking was omitted from the first installations because the station is run by C2C rather than Transport for London or London Overground.
This is more for locals than tourists so if anyone is confused, please don't be!
"Not sure why Epping is one of these or why Barking has been missed out"
Epping isn't one of the 9 stations. Epping was used as an example if someone was travelling from Epping to Richmond they could change trains at Stratford, which is one of the 9, to avoid travelling through zone 1.
Oh yes, I miss-read it. Gospel Oak is there, so no need for one at Barking.
This thread desperately sounds like the next message should be...
Yes - you've got the general idea. Allow the system to calculate a lower fare if you avoid zone 1.
However, the reopening of the East London Line will not be such an opportunity. Shoreditch has been re-zoned into Z1, so any journey across the city on ELL will still be the higher fare.
Bloody hell. I'm a local, and I'm confused.
I assume that this is another way to confuse the poor unsuspecting traveller: touch when you shouldn't and you get charged extra, don't touch when you should and you get charged extra.
Dead easy - if you are doing a journey from outside Z1 to somewhere else outside Z1, and you have a route (with a change) that keeps you outside Z1 all the way, when you change you touch the pink pad, to show that you followed a non-Z1 route so get charged less on Oyster PAYG.
As with many things Oyster, it is much easier to use than it is to understand why it works.
I agree with Adam that it will mainly affect locals (or those that do not have Freedom Passes) but we do get enquiries from people staying in, say, Hampstead wanting to visit Kew Gardens or the Westfield Shopping Centre.