London commuters get free ride due to technical glitch


Thousands of passengers using London’s train, buses and Underground system traveled for free on Saturday after a technical glitch brought down its Oyster card network.

Staffers opened barriers at rail and subway stations and bus drivers waved on passengers after the card reader machines that are used by commuters to register their journeys failed.

“We’re experiencing technical issues with our Oyster Card readers this morning where customers are unable to touch in or out,” said a message on Transport for London’s official Twitter page.

“We’re working on a fix and customers are being allowed to travel across Tube/Bus/Rail networks,” it added.