People are only just finding out purpose of pink Oyster card readers in London

People are only just finding out purpose of pink Oyster card readers in London

May 16, 2023

If you live in London, or go there regularly, then it's highly likely you've owned an Oyster card at some point to travel around on the tube.

Most people know that with these, you top up the card and tap in and out when on your journey.

However the card reader is usually a bright yellow colour.

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Some people are just noticing there are pink tap-out machines too and are only learning what they're used for.

The conversation about the machines started over on Twitter this week by a guy called Matt who tweeted a photo of them.

He wrote: "I've lived in London for nearly a decade now and I still have no idea what the pink Oyster card readers are for or why you'd ever use one.

"Frankly I have no intention of ever finding out."

It seems like many people felt the same as the tweet went viral – racking up more than 50,000 views.

Many also took the time to inform Matt once and for all what they meant.

One wrote: "It's for when you do a journey that doesn’t cut through a different zone but could. You’re supposed to tap there so it doesn’t charge you extra. I have only ever remembered this is an option after I’ve got to my destination.'

While another added: "Basically, if you're making a journey across London but you're avoiding zone 1 – tap that and the system knows not to charge you through zone 1 because you've gone around it."

A third also chimed in: "They are usually to show you haven't travelled through zone 1 – e.g. you might tap at Highbury & Islington when changing to show you got the overground through zone 2 only – so should be charged less."

However, despite the helpful knowledge, Matt didn't seem grateful at all.

"There's a lot of people replying to this while not reading the last sentence of the tweet," he said while sharing a meme of Spongebob Squarepants saying 'I don't care'.

Seems like someone won't be getting cheaper London travel anytime soon!


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