Give it to Crapita
They will only charge £1.3Bn for the first year and £1Bn thereafter, so TFL will start to make some money in Year 3.
Transport for London, the body responsible for public transport and infrastructure in Europe’s largest city*, is set to begin talks with suppliers over a potential £1.1bn deal for collecting money for travel. At pre-COVID levels, TfL took in about £5bn from paying customers across the English capital every year, supporting 16 …
Considering TfL is effectively bankrupt... sweating the legacy assets for a further decade would seem sensible.
I never got why Oyster Tech was never “Ocado’d up”,packaged and sold on to other organisations. It seems every transport organisation across the country is doing a different/incompatible system - see Network West Midlands for example.
One single travel smart card/app across the whole UK and (all of) Ireland please. Give the job to Amazon Pay and it would probably be done right first time, on time and on budget.
Are the 'migration' costs included in those costs - I suspect not
I would expect those to be significant as, even with the logistical planning skills of Baroness Harding of Winscombe, changing from existing infrastructure at gates and on buses cannot be done in a 'big bang'. Old and new systems and tickets will have to co-exist for some months I would expect.
But then it's TfL so they could take the Westminster Bridge approach close the whole system down while they faff around with new machines and gates - who knows the new system may even be in place before the existing (unused) equipment on the Elizabeth Line comes into use.
ripping out and relacing a massive system that currently works with something that.....does the same thing.
And they're complaining that they're broke at the moment too!
Whichever management team had so little to do that they had time to develop and propose this pointless idea should be told they are no longer necessary.
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