Better Public Transport

I have campaigned tirelessly as Hertsmere’s MP to secure vital upgrades to our local transport services. We massively rely on these transport links, both to get around the local area and to reach London, which is crucial for the many local residents who commute there every day.  

I have secured major improvements to our railways, including: 

  • Extending Oyster to Potters Bar and Radlett;   

  • Overhauling and upgrading Borehamwood station;   

  • New modern carriages on Thameslink and Great Northern;   

  • Delivering proper compensation for everyone hit by the 2018 timetable chaos 

I continue to campaign for further improvements, including pressing Govia Thameslink for more regular services in our area and consistently making the case for improved facilities at Bushey Station. 

I have also worked to preserve vital local bus services in Bushey and Potters Bar, alongside pushing the council to make sure our roads are maintained, and potholes fixed.  

I will continue to listen closely to my constituents’ view on this and work hard to secure further vital upgrades. 


Oliver's Column in My News - January 2017

I commute daily into London on the Thameslink line. I know from experience, the correspondence I receive and conversations on the platform the intensity of the anger towards Govia Thameslink over their abysmal service.

Oliver Backs Residents’ Fears Over Local Bus Cut

Transport for London have opened a consultation on the future route of the 298 bus, running between Potters Bar and Arnos Grove. The route currently runs past Potters Bar station and up to the industrial estate at the end of Cranborne Road.


As part of my ongoing Oyster campaign, I arranged a meeting yesterday with Rail Minister Claire Perry MP and TfL's Chief Technology Officer, Shashi Verma.

MPs join forces to push for extension of Oyster

Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield, Grant Shapps, has joined Oliver Dowden's campaign for Oyster PAYG to be extended to stations across southern Hertfordshire. Member of Parliament for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden, has spent several months pushing for Oyster PAYG to be extended to Potters Bar and Radlett on the Great Northern and Thameslink routes. Elstree and Borehamwood station already has Oyster.