Bermondsey underground station is in zone 2, talks of making it zone 1, I am against myself as will end up costing more to me when I go from Bermondsey to Barking. Bermondsey is not even in central london its SE,
I would not think of Bermondsey as central london, mind you when the developers add their blurb on sales it will be described as 'the heart of central london!' Where did it say about the change of banding? you could write to Boris? :-)
I don't think it's so much about what it "represents"; it's all about lower fares. At the moment, someone travelling from Bermondsey to, say, Waterloo pays a higher fare than if they were travelling from London Bridge to Waterloo because they are going through two zones. The proposal means they will pay the same fare.
Yes Gavin, but your argument applies to anyone crossing any zone boundary (Kennington to Waterloo, for example, or Warwick Avenue to Paddington).
So, I think, there has to be some sort of underlying reason why Zone 1 is what it is, and what it represents to be in Zone 1 (and the same for the other zones).
I think it's a meaningful descriptor (for instance, when someone who's maybe new to London and has never heard of Borough and probably thinks it's way out in the suburbs) to be able to say: It's in Zone 1.
We were having an interesting discussion about this at the weekend. Mrs I was insisting that there's something about Camden, for example, which definitely makes it NOT a Zone 1 place, and I can see what she means. I'm not sure whether that something can be objectively measured, but I think it needs to be in order to answer the question of whether Bermondsey is Zone 1 or not.
If one was to use distance in the decision making process and referencing Charing cross as the very centre of London. Earls Court (current Zone1) to Charing Cross =4.1 miles, Bermondsey (current Zone2) to Charing Cross =3.9 miles. Less in fact, as the crow flies. I vote to be in zone 1!