Does anyone know if a child aged 5-10 needs to pay on South Western and Southern Rail London routes?
E.g. East Croydon - Balham - Victoria, Wimbledon - Waterloo, Richmond - Waterloo, etc?
According to the TFL website ( https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-disco ... -photocard
and http://content.tfl.gov.uk/free-travel-a ... ng-map.pdf
) it seems the child would need a 5-10 zip Oyster card
in order to travel free on these routes (the second link is a map of the exact routes).
However, there is no mention of this on the websites of the railway operators.
South Western's website has nothing at all on this; its site lets you buy a ticket for a 5-15 child (who pays child fares but doesn't travel free), but gives no option for a 5-10. You can't even add the Zip Oyster as a special railcard.
Southern's website https://www.southernrailway.com/help-an ... qs/tickets
says that children aged 5-16 pay child fares; nothing else, no mention of the zip card. Its website is the same - no option to choose a 5-10 child when buying a ticket.
Note that, according to the map on TFL's website (the 2nd link), in theory the child would need this zipcard even when travelling with an adult; there are very few routes on which a 5-10 child can travel free without this card (e.g. Clapham Junction to Watford Junction).