Thousands of rail, bus and Tube passengers enjoyed free transport on Saturday after London’s Oyster card network collapsed.

Barriers are rail and tube stations were opened by staff after Oyster card ‘reader’ machines used to register the start and end of each journey failed to work throughout the network.

The readers also failed to work on London’s buses, allowing passengers a free journey between 5am and 10am.

The glitch, which lasted several hours and is likely to cost Transport for London tens of thousands of pounds in lost revenue, came on the day new fare increases were introduced, with journey prices going up by an average of one per cent.

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