Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALL GO FREE IN OYSTER CARDS FIASCO; Commuter Alert: Sign at Victoria Station

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALL GO FREE IN OYSTER CARDS FIASCO; Commuter Alert: Sign at Victoria Station

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

THOUSANDS of passengers were travelling free of charge today after theirOyster cards were corrupted by a system failure.

Staff were ordered to let Tube and bus commuters travel for nothing if theirpre-pay cards registered an error.

The move was aimed at avoiding rush-hour chaos at ticket barriers as between40,000 and 80,000 people discovered their cards were not working. It followed acatastrophic failure of the Oyster card systemthe worst in its five-year history. Passengers who used a swipe machine onSaturday morning between 5.30am and 9.30am had their card ruined. Others whotopped up their cards during this period may also have been affected. Tubebosses said at least 60,000 people had their cards corrupted. There are fearsthe number could be as high as 100,000. More than 21,000 cards have alreadybeen replaced. An investigation has been launched but senior sources say thefull extent of the problem is not yet known. …

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