New fares for under 16s from 1 September

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4 September 2012

New child concessionary fares for under 16s come into force on 1 September, with child single and CAT tickets available with a Pop Card on bus and Metro in Tyne and Wear rising by 10p each.

Parents are being advised by Nexus to make sure children have enough for their fares as the new school term starts from 3 September.

The changes are the first in four years to the child concessionary fare, which is subsidised by Nexus using funds from local councils, and only available with an Under-16 Pop Card. Commercial bus and Metro child fares, which are higher, are not affected by the change.

From 1 September Pop Card holders will pay 60p single or £1.10 CAT (Child Allday Ticket) on all bus, Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services.

Tobyn Hughes, Director of Customer Services for Nexus, said: “The subsidy Nexus provides means child fares in Tyne and Wear remain among the lowest in the country outside London – but they are going up from 1 September.

“This is the first change in four years and we want to make sure young passengers have enough money to buy tickets as the new school year starts.”

The change to the child concessionary fare comes alongside new fares on some services for under 19 passengers at school, college or work-based training.

From September the Metro 16-18 Card season ticket is being extended to cover all passengers in the age group, not just those enrolled at schools and colleges.

The change opens the door to cheaper fares for up to 12,000 young people in vocational or work-based training programmes. Card holders can buy weekly and four-weekly season tickets at half the adult price.

At the same time Nexus is bringing in a new 90p flat fare for anyone over 16 using its dedicated school bus services across Tyne and Wear.

This change will reduce the cost of travel for many sixth formers who currently have to pay an adult fare on these buses, and creates a consistent flat fare across schools in Tyne and Wear, regardless of which company operates a route for Nexus.

The fare does not apply on the wider bus network, though commercial bus companies offer their own discounts for the under-19 age group.

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