Metro Gold Card holders will be able to enjoy Metro travel at any time of the day throughout July and August.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays from Saturday, 1 July.
John Fenwick, Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, said: “We’re running our special offer for Gold Card holders again this year.
“Gold Card holders have the chance to travel all day on Metro over the summer encouraging people to use Metro for trips out, whether it’s grandparents taking their grandchildren out over the school holidays, or Gold Card holders taking advantage of an early start when the weather is better.”
The Metro Gold Card is sold as a smartcard product for an annual fee of £12 for Tyne and Wear residents and £24 a year for people from other areas and can be uploaded directly on to a concessionary travel scheme card for older and disabled people (free bus pass) from Metro ticket machines at all 60 stations, as well as at Nexus Travel Shops and via Payzone points.
To buy the Gold Card at a Metro ticket machine, free bus pass holders simply need to touch their card against the machine’s orange reader and then press ‘Metro Tickets’.
Gold Card gives unlimited off-peak travel on Metro for pensioners and eligible disabled people. It also provides free travel on the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service.