Metro fares in 2019 include a freeze in the cost of travel with a Pop Pay As You Go smartcard, while single, day, and season tickets will see a modest increase.
The new fares came into effect from today, Wednesday 2 January.
The cost of the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard has been frozen, offering customers a 40p saving on the cost of a single Metro journey, and a saving of 50p on the cost of a day ticket.
Students and customers who use Pop Pay As You Go cards will be paying the same price for their travel in 2019 as they were in 2012.
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.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We are introducing a balanced package of Metro fares in 2019, one which helps us to deliver some savings for customers while also meeting Metro’s running costs.
“Anyone who switches to a Pay As You Go Pop card will not see the cost of their Metro travel go up next year.
“Other fares will go up in line with the rate of inflation. Metro is a public service that doesn’t make a profit and gets a Government subsidy to keep it running. We need to raise some fares so that we can continue to meet our operational costs.
“Metro fares will remain some of the lowest in the country, and still offer excellent value for money.”
Pop blue, the smartcard that was introduced this year which offers young people aged 18 and under Metro travel for £1, is also being frozen in price.
Pop cards are free to obtain and are available online from the Nexus website https://www.nexus.org.uk/pop
Young people using a Pop blue card only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day. A £2 daily price cap applies to Metro travel and no further charge is applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.
The Pop blue cards have been used to make over 150,000 journeys on Metro, Shields Ferry, local rail services and bus since their launch in January.
The 2019 Metro and Shields Ferry fare proposals were agreed by a Joint Transport Committee (Tyne and Wear Sub-committee) on Friday 30 November.
The Metro and Shields Ferry fares from 2 January 2019:
• A one zone single will go up from £1.80 to £1.90; two zone single is up from £2.70 to £2.80; all zone single is up from £3.40 to £3.50.
• The cost of a one zone adult Day Ticket will go up from £3.00 to £3.10; a two zone Day Ticket is up from £4.10 to £4.20; an all zone Day Ticket us up from £5.10 to £5.20.
• 40p off the cost of single fares and 50p off the cost of a Day Ticket for Pop Pay As You Go customers.
• 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 £10.80 to £11.10; a two zone weekly is up from £16.00 to £16.50; an all zone weekly is up from £21.70 to £22.40.
• The one zone four week Metro Season Ticket is up from £37.90 to £39.10; the two zone four weekly is up from £ £55.70 to £57.50; an all zone four weekly is up from to £73.70 to £76.
• The price of the one zone annual Metro Season Ticket is up from £419 to £432.50; the two zone annual is up from £585 to £604; the all zone annual is up from £647 to £668.
• An U16 single, 60p, and a child all day ticket, £1.10, when bought on the U16 Pop card are both frozen in price in 2019.
• The price Child commercial single ticket (for children aged under 16 who do not have an Under 16 Pop card) is to increase from 80p to 90p; a child day ticket is up from £1.30 to £1.40; a child transfare is to go up from £1 to £1.10.
• The Metro Gold Card, which gives pensioners and people with disabilities, unlimited off-peak Metro travel for £12 a year is to be frozen in price.
• A single ticket on the Shields Ferry is going up from £1.60 to £1.70; a Ferry day ticket is going up from £2.80 to £2.90; a child ferry single is going up from 60p to 70p; Pop Pay As You go and Pop blue are both frozen in price for journeys on the Shields Ferry. A one week ticket for the Shields Ferry is down from £10.60 to £10.40; a four week ferry ticket is down from £37.30 to £36.50.