Passengers will face increases to Metro prices

Fares on the Metro are to be increased by an average of 2.5 per cent in the new year.

Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has had a proposal agreed that Metro fares go up by 2.5 per cent, which is below July’s Retail Price Index (RPI) rate of inflation.

The 2014 Metro fares, which will come into effect from Tuesday, January 2, also include improved discounts for young people and students.

Nexus director general, Bernard Garner, said: “It is important that during these tough times we give the best value possible to Metro customers. We are seeing growth in fare income generally, which allows us to keep the fare increase for regular users below the rate of inflation.

“Costs do increase each year so we do have to increase some fares. This is always a difficult decision.”

The price of Metro child tickets will not be increased and will remain at the 2013 prices.

The cost of a Metro Gold Card, which offers pensioners and people with disabilities discounted Metro travel for a one off annual payment, will be separately reviewed by the ITA next year, and an adult single, day, and transfare ticket are being increased by 10p.