Southern Rail’s time-saving, secure smartcard, The Key, can now be used at five additional stations, on the route between Leigh and Nutfield.
Passengers can now buy or transfer their season tickets to the card, allowing them to tap in and tap out at Leigh, Penshurst, Edenbridge, Godstone and Nutfield.
Business Improvement Director Alex Foulds said: “Southern’s smartcard is significantly better than using a paper ticket. Passengers don't have to queue to buy or renew a ticket, we can block and reissue a smartcard free of charge if it is lost or stolen, and there is automatic compensation for delays.”
KeyGo, Southern’s pay-as-you-go system that guarantees the cheapest walk-up fare of the day, will be also made available on the same smartcard at these five stations in the next few weeks.
Southern’s smartcard is already valid at nearly all other stations on its network. It will work at Tonbridge station later this year after a project is completed to make it compatible with Southeastern’s smartcard system.
A wide variety of tickets can be added to the smartcard although there are limitations. For more information and to register for a card, passengers should at www.southernrailway.com/thekey
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria