Metro Gold Card holders will once again this year get the added benefit of all-day-travel throughout July and August.
Nexus is repeating last year’s scheme by lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the pass before 9.30am on weekdays for the next two months - on both Metro and Ferry.
Gold Cards, which costs £25 for Tyne and Wear residents, were introduced in 2006 by Nexus, the public body which sets all Metro fares, to offer pensioners and disabled people discounted off-peak travel on Metro for a one off yearly payment.
Director of Customer Services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We’re pleased to be extending the Metro Gold Card scheme during July and August to offer holders unlimited all day travel on weekdays.
“We have run this offer on the Metro Gold cards in the last few years and it has proved popular as more people get out and about during the summer months, especially when the schools are off and grandparents may be looking after children.
“You only have to make as few as six return journeys a year on Metro for a Gold Card to pay for itself – and in the summer you can set out as early as you wish.”
Gold Cards also now offer holders free travel on the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service.
Gold Cards will this year be sold exclusively through the Nexus Travelshop network. A £35 Gold Card is also available for people who do not live in Tyne and Wear, but use Metro regularly.