This topic has been bumping along for 3 months during which time I contacted my MP, Vicky Foxcroft.
People may be interested to learn that she contacted Sadiq Khan on my behalf and he has replied.
He writes, “I have no plans for zoning changes. This is largely due to revenue impacts and concerns raised by National Rail Train Operating Companies and the Department for Transport, who would need to agree to any changes”. He mentions his manifesto commitments to freeze TfL fares blah blah etc and that the existing zonal map has its roots in the 80s. “It sought to place stations into concentric zones, fitting into the geography of London rather than distance from the centre”.
Sadiq’s letter also mentions that the most recent instance of re-zoning was the Stratford stations, which was considered a key element to secure the Olympic legacy because of the increased value of land.
The upshot is that unless a big campaign were to get organised and had broad support from SE23 locals and councillors (both of which is unlikely) then the unfair distance situation is just going to have to be an anomaly that we live with and we will not get to enjoy similar increases in land values.
If someone can get a group together to fight this, get in touch with me. But I fear apathy is the real problem here.