‘Smart travel’ is now accepted on the Shields Ferry after it joined the Pop card scheme.
Nexus has fitted smartcard validators on board the Tyne crossing vessel and a new four-week FerrySaver ticket has been made available as a smart product.
Anyone with a Pop card can buy the four-week ticket online from nexus.org.uk in an effort to give regular ferry users a better deal.
The Pop card is a credit card sized plastic ticket that allows the holder access Metro and ferry travel in numerous ways.
Director of customer services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “Smart travel has now arrived on the Shields Ferry. This is great news for our passengers.
“Anyone with a Pop card can upload a four-week FerrySaver and this will allow them to make savings on the cost of travel.
“The Pop card is transforming the way people access local public transport services, much like the Oyster card has done in London.
“Passengers will be able to use it on Metro, Shields Ferry and local bus services.
“It will make travelling so much easier and more cost effective.”
Coun Ed Hodson, North Tyneside’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “As a council we are committed to supporting sustainable transport and reducing the borough’s carbon footprint.
“We welcome the introduction of these new validators which will help increase accessibility to the ferry as part of the transport network.”
It is free to apply for a Pop card by visiting the Nexus website at www.nexus.org.uk/pop