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Stratford among 7 Newham stations to be rezoned

PUBLISHED: 15:14 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 04 January 2016

Stratford Station, which is now in Zone 2/3                    Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Images

Stratford Station, which is now in Zone 2/3 Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Images

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Seven stations in the borough have been rezoned, which will save commuters hundreds of pounds a year.

Stratford, Stratford High Street, Stratford International DLR, Star Lane, Abbey Road, Canning Town and West Ham are all now in Zone 2/3, having previously been in Zone 3.

The changes mean travelling into central London from these stations with an annual ticket will cost £224 less than from Zone 3.

Monthly tickets will go from £146 to £124.50, while 7-Day tickets will fall from £38 to £32.40.

The rezoning is expected to benefit 100,000 people a week – but Mayor Sir Robin Wales wants Zone 2/3 expanded in the borough in line with London’s drift to the east.

“I have long campaigned for Stratford to be reclassified,” he said. “Stratford Station is now one of the busiest in London and it is clear the capital is moving eastwards so I am pleased the significance of this has been recognised by TfL.”

He also alluded to the borough’s stations that have been left out of this change – with places like Plaistow and Upton Park at risk of being marooned in Zone 3 while Stratford flourishes.

“It is not just Stratford that has undergone a tremendous transformation,” he said.

“The whole of Newham is changing so the Mayor of London and TfL should look at rezoning other stations which will support the Enterprise Zone and the wider regeneration of the Royal Docks.”

The mayor noted that the change will bring a host benefits, both economic and cultural.

“Rezoning will provide an economic boost to the whole of London as well as making a financial difference for residents, creating more jobs and attracting additional investment and visitors to the east,” he said.

“Residents and workers in East London deserve fairness and the decision to rezone will redress the balance that has seen this part of the capital miss out.”

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