The green light has been given for the train companies running services through Epsom to press ahead with discussions to bring the station into Zone 6.
MP Chris Grayling met Transport Minister Norman Baker last week to discuss getting the station into a London travel zone, which would mean commuters through Epsom could use an Oyster Card - a change which the Epsom Guardian has been campaigning for since last May.
Mr Grayling said it was a "good" meeting and that Mr Baker has agreed to write to Southern and South West Trains so they can enter into discussions about bringing Epsom into Zone 6.
He said: "Norman Baker was sympathetic to the issue raised, and has agreed to write to the train companies, giving them permission to enter into detailed discussions about the possibility of moving Epsom into Zone 6.
"Nothing can happen without their agreement, but since both have indicated to me that they are not opposed to the principle, I am hopeful that they will look sympathetically at the possibility.
"A lot will depend on the cost of the change, but this is a good start."
Mr Grayling said organising a meeting with Mr Baker had taken longer than expected due to the Department for Transport’s handling of the West Coast mainline franchise.
Signatures for this newspaper's online petition for Zone 6 continue to come in every week, showing the importance of the issue to residents, students and commuters.
Tattenham Corner and Epsom Downs stations are within Zone 6 even though they are further away from London than Epsom and a number of bus routes in Epsom already fall within the zone.
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