Higher ticket prices on the Tyne and Wear Metro will come into force in January, after being approved by councillors.

The new fares will be introduced on January 2, with the cost of adult single or day tickets rising by 10p - but only 5p for those using Pop cards.

Season ticket prices will increase by 3%, but fares for young people aged 18 and under are being frozen.

Members of the North East Joint Transport Committee’s Tyne and Wear sub-committee agreed to the changes, which Metro operator Nexus says are needed to meet rising costs, on Thursday afternoon.

 

Coun Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, said: "None of us wants to see rises in fares, but we have to accept that costs are increasing."

North Tyneside councillor Carl Johnson added that the clear message for passengers was to get a pay-as-you-go Pop card to benefit from cheaper ticket prices.

Huw Lewis, Nexus customer services director, said that many passengers will see a real terms cut in the amount they pay for their Metro travel as a percentage of their income.

Alongside the fare hikes, a new offer will allow up to three children aged 11 and under to travel for free at weekends when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Committee chair Coun Gladys Hobson praised the impact that will have on parents and grandparents, saying: "It is a fantastic offer and I am sure that the public will welcome it."

Mr Lewis added that the weekend offer “will be welcomed by families and make a real difference not just to Metro but to our towns and city centres”.

He said: "Families are price conscious and that is why we want to provide them with value and bring families back onto the Metro."

The cost of single and day tickets on the Shields Ferry is also due to increase by 10p.

Four Lane Ends Metro Station.
Four Lane Ends Metro Station.

The changes to Metro and Shields Ferry fares from January 2, 2020 are:

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