We are committed to make travelling in London as easy as possible
Thousands of passengers using First Great Western services within London are now able to enjoy the greater convenience and speed of Oyster pay as you go at stations from West Drayton and Greenford into Paddington.
Zonal fares the equivalent of those on the Tube will apply for journeys from these stations.
This follows the announcement in May by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, of the deal between Transport for London and First Great Western to extend Oyster pay as you go to all its London stations.
This means that Oyster pay as you go is now accepted on First Great Western services into Paddington from West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington, Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Acton Main Line, South Greenford, Castle Bar Park and Drayton Green.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: 'This is excellent news for First Great Western customers, and takes us one step closer to making Oyster the only ticket you'll need to travel anywhere in London.
'Thousands of residents in Ealing and Hillingdon will now be able to use Oyster pay as you go to travel from their local First Great Western station and also on Transport for London (TfL) services including the Tube, London Buses, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway.
'TfL is investing £40m in new Oyster equipment and I will shortly be meeting with the other Train Operating Companies to urge them to get on board and make Oyster available to all Londoners.'
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's Transport Advisor, said: 'Passengers on the National Rail network who commute into central London have consistently told us that one of the main things that would make their journeys more convenient would be the ability to use Oyster pay as you go.
'We are committed to make travelling in London as easy as possible, so it is great news that First Great Western have now come on board and are accepting Oyster pay as you go.
'The Mayor and I will continue to work with the Train Operating companies to bring Oyster to their passengers as quickly as possibly, and will press for the best deal for all Londoners and all those who commute in to the capital.'
Acting Commercial Director, First Great Western, Neil Micklethwaite, said: 'The convenience of being able to use Oyster at all First Great Western stations in the Greater London area is great news for our customers.
'The extension of Oyster onto the First Great Western network fits in with our considerable investment in the refurbishment of the ticket office and new ticket machines at Ealing Broadway, and plans are in place for other stations, including Paddington.
'We're also spending £6.1m on refurbishing all our London and Thames Valley trains and fitting CCTV to increase the level of security for our customers.'
Alison Hanscombe, First Great Western Station Manager for Ealing and Hillingdon, said: 'Since we've been trialling the service, the response from customers has been great. It means that instead of paper tickets, customers can now travel seamlessly into central London using a single card.
'This is great news for our local users who will welcome the convenience and ease of travel which Oyster offers.'
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