Passengers to face a rise in Metro tickets

A Metro train at Tynemouth station.
A Metro train at Tynemouth station.

Metro passengers are facing a rise in some ticket prices next year.

From January 2, the cost of DaySaver tickets will go up while the cost of single journeys will reduce by 10p.

A 60 per cent discount for young people aged 16 to 18 and a 30 per cent discount for students will be maintained.

The Metro Gold Card, which offers pensioners and people with disabilities unlimited off-peak Metro travel for £12 a year, will be frozen in price for another year.

Elsewhere, the price of a single journey on the Shields Ferry will be reduced by 10p.

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We are keeping Metro fares as low as possible in 2016 while offering savings to customers.

“By keeping the fares low we can build on the growing number of passengers who are using Metro. Passenger numbers are at a five year high.

“The price of some fares is being reduced, while customers who choose Pop Pay As You Go can take advantage of an enhanced discount and a fare cap.

“The average increase in the fares has been set below the rate of inflation. Although some fares have to rise to help to offset increased running costs.”

“I’m really pleased that we have been able to maintain the significant discounts we offer for students and deliver another price freeze for children, young people aged 16 to 18, and Gold Card holders.”

The Metro fares for 2016 are set to include:

• A one zone single is down from £1.80 to £1.70; two zone single is down from £2.70 to £2.60; all zone single down £3.40 to £3.30.

• The cost of a one zone Adult DaySaver ticket will be increased by 10p from £2.70 to 2.80; the two zone DaySaver is up by 20p from £3.70 to 3.90; an all zone DaySaver is up from £4.60 to £4.80.

• 10p off the cost of single fares and 20p off the cost of the daily price cap for Pop Pay As You Go customers.

• All commercial child tickets frozen for the third consecutive year.

• A freeze in the cost of the Metro Gold Card, which offers unlimited off-peak Metro travel to pensioners and people with disabilities for one off yearly payments of £12.

• A minimum of a 30% discount versus the equivalent adult fares will continue to be offered to students via the Student MetroSaver. The four week inner Newcastle and inner Sunderland Student MetroSavers are coming down in price by £1.40 from £26.60 to £25.20.

• 16-18 MetroSaver remains available to all young people aged 16 to 18 irrespective of whether they are in full time education or not. The price of the one week ticket will be frozen at £7.50 a week. The price of the four week ticket will also be frozen at £28, offering unlimited Metro travel for just £1 per day.

• The price of the one zone annual MetroSaver will be reduced by £35 to £415.00; the price of the two zone annual will be increased by £52.50 to £535.00.

• The cost of an all zone annual MetroSaver will go up to £575 from £515.

Pop Pay As You Go allows customers a discount compared to normal single fares on Metro – while a best price guarantee means people will pay less than the price of a DaySaver for the zones they use, no matter how many journeys they make.

Single journeys made with Pop Pay As You Go cost 10p less than the standard fare, and all day travel will cost 20p less than the equivalent DaySaver price for the zones used.