East London inched closer to the centre of the capital this week when key stations were shifted from Zone 3 to Zone 2/3.

Reflecting the growing importance of the region for homes and jobs, travelling to or from eight Tube and DLR stations, including Stratford and Canning Town, will be cheaper.

It means for example that Stratford would be Zone 3 if the passenger was travelling Zone 3-6 but Zone 2 if they were travelling using a Zone 1-2 fare.

The Mayor of London says 100,000 people per week could benefit and the move was in “recognition of the shifting economic map of London towards east London”.

The other stations that have been rezoned include Stratford High Street, Stratford International DLR station, West Ham, Canning Town, Star Lane, Pudding Lane and Abbey Road. It also means the Olympic Park also moves into Zone 2/3 catchment area.

The new “twilight zone” boundary means those who live in Newham and work in Zones 1 or 2 will see a real-terms saving compared with last year – a 2016 Zone 1-2 travelcard costs £124.50, while a Zone 1-3 travelcard last year cost £144.80.

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Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “We’ve been campaigning for this for some time. The truth is London’s moving eastwards and it’s sensible to reduce the cost of travel.

“It’s going to encourage people to come to Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town, which will be great.”

Elsewhere, TfL has made a number of changes to the pricing structure which include a ticket price hike of 1% as well as extending contactless payments on National Rail between London and Gatwick Airport on Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services from January 11.

The change-over in prices meant that thousands of rail, bus and Tube passengers enjoyed free transport on Saturday after the Oyster card network collapsed.

Barriers are rail and Tube stations were opened by staff after Oyster card reader machines failed to work throughout the network.

The glitch is thought to have cost TfL tens of thousands of pounds.

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