If you spent the last two weeks eating, boozing and binging on Netflix, then coming back to work is going to be a bit of a shock – especially when it comes to getting reacquainted with rush hour on the tube. But it’s not all doom and gloom, because TfL has changed the zones of seven stations from Zone 3 to Zone 2/3, which might not sound like the most thrilling news but here’s the good part: it could save you money. And not just a couple of pennies, either. The zone changes mean that if you’re travelling to a station in Zone 2/3, you’ll be charged the cheapest option depending on your direction of travel.
Stations that have been rezoned include Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town – so if you were travelling from Stratford to Zone 1, it would count as Zone 2, but if you were travelling from Stratford to Zone 4 or beyond, it would count as Zone 3. And if you normally buy a monthly travel card, you could save yourself over 20 quid by buying a Zone 1-2 travel card (£124.50) instead of Zone 1-3 (£146). And let’s face it, any attempt at dry January will inevitably fail, so that’s an extra £20 you can spend in the pub.