Metro travel for families is to become cheaper in 2020.
A new offer will allow up to three children aged 11 and under to travel for free on Metro at weekends when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is introducing a new offer to specifically meet the needs of families, making Metro travel more affordable for them at times when they need it most.
The family offer will begin when the new Metro fares come into effect on Monday 2 January. The offer is part of the celebrations to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary in 2020.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “This is an exciting offer that delivers affordable Metro travel for families who rely on our services to get around.
“We gave a firm commitment to look at improved ticketing offers to attract more families and this is what we are going to deliver in 2020. Our offer means that up to three children aged 11 and under will be able to enjoy free weekend travel on Metro, which is excellent value for money.
“Metro is part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear, and we want people to use the system for family days out. In 2020 we will celebrate Metro’s 40th anniversary and we want to attract future generations to use the service for many years to come.”
He added: “Our overall package of fares for 2020 delivers good value for our passengers. Metro will continue to have some of the cheapest fares in the country. Anyone who switches to a Pay As You Go Pop card will still be able to continue to enjoy a very good discount on the cost of their Metro travel.
“Other fares are going up in order to help us to meet Metro’s running costs. Metro is a public service that doesn’t make a profit and gets a Government subsidy to keep it running, so fare revenue is vital.”
The proposed Metro and Shields Ferry fares for 2020 were agreed by councillors on the Joint Transport Committee (Tyne and Wear Sub-committee) today, Thursday 21 November.
A total price freeze on all tickets for those aged 18 is being proposed
Pop Pay As You Go smartcard customers will see improved savings in 2020, with a 45p saving on the cost of a single Metro journey, and a saving of 55p on the cost of a day ticket in comparison to standard ticket proves.
Some fares are going up in order to meet Metro’s running costs. Metro single and Metro Day Tickets are to go up by 10p.
Metro and Shields Ferry fares from 2 January 2020:
• A one zone single will go up from £1.90 to £2.00; two zone single is up from £2.80 to £2.90; all zone single is up from £3.50 to £3.60.
• The cost of a one zone adult Day Ticket will go up from £3.10 to £3.20; a two zone Day Ticket is up from £4.20 to £4.30; an all zone Day Ticket us up from £5.20 to £5.30.
• 45p off the cost of single fares and 55p off the cost of a Day Ticket for Pop Pay As You Go customers.
• A total freeze on all tickets for those aged 18 and under, including Pop Blue, season tickets and class passes for schools
• A minimum of a 30% discount versus the equivalent adult fares will continue to be offered to students via the Student Metro Season Ticket.
• The 18 and Under Metro Season Ticket, which offers a 60% discount on the cost of travel, remains available to all young people aged 16 to 18 irrespective of whether they are in full time education or not.
• The one zone weekly Metro Season Ticket is up from £11.10 to £11.40; a two zone weekly is up from £16.50 to £17.00; an all zone weekly is up from £22.40 to £23.10.
• The one zone four week Metro Season Ticket is up from £39.10 to £40.30; the two zone four weekly is up from to £57.50 to £59.20; an all zone four weekly is up from £76 to £78.30.
• The price of the one zone annual Metro Season Ticket is up from £432.50 to £445.50; the two zone annual is up from £604 to £622.10; the all zone annual is up from £668 to £688.
• An U16 single is 60p and a child all day ticket is £1.10 when bought on the U16 Pop card are both frozen in price in 2020.
• The price of Child commercial single ticket (for children aged under 16 who do not have an Under 16 Pop card) is frozen at 90p; a child day ticket is frozen at £1.40; a child transfare is frozen at £1.10.
• The Metro Gold Card, which gives pensioners and people with disabilities, unlimited off-peak Metro travel for £12 a year will remain frozen in price.
• A single ticket on the Shields Ferry is going up from £1.70 to £1.80; a Ferry day ticket is going up from £2.90 to £3.00; a child ferry single is frozen at 70p; Pop Pay As You go customers will see improved savings in 2020, with a 45p saving on the cost of a single Shields Ferry trip, and a saving of 55p on the cost of a Ferry day ticket in comparison to the standard ticket price; Pop blue is frozen in price for journeys on the Shields Ferry. A one week ticket for the Shields Ferry will go up from £10.40 to £10.60; a four week ferry ticket is down from £36.50 to £37.20.