PRICES on the Tyne & Wear Metro are set to rise in the New Year, it has been revealed.
The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority agreed a Nexus proposal for Metro fares that will see an average increase of 4.1 percent from 6 January 2013.
But transport bosses say the revised fares will see the peak Metro DaySaver tickets withdrawn in favour of cheaper off-peak tickets, to benefit commuters and part-time workers.
There will also be greater discounts for students and passengers will be able to get substantial discounts by buying tickets online.
Nexus say the changes are necessary to offset higher Metro running costs, particularly high voltage power.
Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “I recognise the current pressures on household budgets and that is why we have kept next year’s Metro fares as low as possible.
“There are still ways for passengers to make savings on the cost of travel.
“We have abolished the peak Metro DaySaver, allowing people travelling to work in the morning to benefit from cheaper daily fares. There are greater discounts for students, and people who renew passes online will save money too.
“We are introducing smartcards next year and passengers will benefit from cheaper travel by switching over to the Pop Card when it goes live.
“Nexus is a public body and doesn’t make a profit from Metro. The system requires a public subsidy to keep it going and the cost of operating the system must balance the subsidy available and the fares charged.”
For more information on the price changes visit www.nexus.org.uk