Metro fares are to rise from 1 January 2012, but passengers will still be able to get bigger discounts by buying tickets online.
Metro season ticket prices have discounts of ten percent for people who opt to renew their tickets on the Nexus website, www.nexus.org.uk.
And 16-18 year-old students will get a reduced ticket price to ensure this group travels at a 50 percent discount compared to the equivalent standard adult fare. Overall, Metro fares are going up by an average of 7.2 percent.
Nexus, the public body which is responsible for setting Metro fares, has kept the price increases as low as possible while meeting tough budget targets. The changes are necessary to offset higher Metro running costs, particularly electricity.
The revised Metro fares were agreed at a meeting of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) on November 24.
Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “Passengers who renew an annual MetroSavers online will pay just an extra £9 next year for unlimited Metro travel. For a four week MetroSaver it’s just an extra 50 pence a month. It’s good value.
“Students aged 16 to 18 are being offered a 50 percent discount compared to the equivalent standard adult fare. This is in recognition that the school leaving age is going up from September next year.
“The increases in Metro fares we are recommending are needed to balance the contribution passengers make with the subsidy the system receives from local and national Government. We have kept ticket prices as low as possible, and they are lower than the increases in rail fares seen nationally.”
The price of the Metro one zone single will increase by 10p. All other single and day tickets will rise by 20 pence. Metro commercial child tickets will rise by 10p, which is the first rise on these products for three years.
The price of a Metro Gold Card, which is available to Tyne and Wear residents with a National Concessionary Travel pass for a one-off annual payment of £25 per year, is being reviewed separately and recommendations will be presented to members of the ITA in January.
The adult Metro single ticket will go up from £1.50 to £1.60. The annual MetroSaver goes up by £35 from £475 to £510, but this costs £459 if passengers opt to renew it online, an increase of £9 compared to last year’s price.
A child’s Metro single fare is up 60p to 70p and the child’s DaySaver ticket goes up from £1.10 to £1.20, but children with a Nexus Under 16 Card cann still buy a concessionary single for 50p and a Child All day Ticket valid on Metro and other public transport for £1. These prices have not changed since 2008.
Tickets on the Shields Ferry are also going up from 1 January. A single ticket is up from £1.25 to £1.40, the Ferry DaySaver is up from £2.30 to £2.40, and a seven day pass is up from £9.50 to £10.80. The child single ticket on the Ferry is frozen at 50p. Details of all new ferry prices from January 2012 can be found below.