Pop Pay As You Go – the most affordable Metro travel option in 2023

Nexus Pop Pay As You Go smartcard
28 December 2022

The best way to save on the cost of Metro travel next year is with a free Pop Pay As You Go smartcard or through Google Pay on Android smartphones. 

That’s the simple message from Metro operator, Nexus, ahead of a new fare cap being introduced from January 2, which will cap single journeys at £2, and at £4 for all-day travel, for customers on the PAYG product.

Nexus is introducing the fare cap to help people with the cost of living, and match an equivalent offer on the local bus network, since the Government confirmed that all bus journeys in England would be capped at that level between January and March 2023.

Switching to Pop Pay As You go is free can be done really easily online at www.buyandapply.nexus.org.uk 

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “If you don’t want to pay more for Metro travel in 2023 then it’s really easy – switch to Pop Pay As You Go, or get the Google Pay option if you’re on an Android smartphone.

“We strongly encourage customers to think about making the switch to ensure that they take advantage of the biggest savings we have on offer. 

“From January 2 all single journeys on pay as you go will be capped £2, and all-day travel will be capped at £4.

“All you need to do is download the Google Pay app or apply for a Pop card on the Nexus website to enjoy the benefits of the fare cap.”

The £2 cap will give an adult with a Pop smartcard savings of up to 38% on a single journey, with an all-zone single ticket currently costing £3.25 om Pop. 

The daily cap on all-zone travel will come down by 85p, from £4.85 currently.

The £2 cap will also apply to young people with a Pop 19-21 card and to bus services that are contracted by Nexus.

Nexus said that its offer was only being made on Pop, which is already cheaper than paper tickets, in order to encourage further take up and cut down on printing tickets costs.

The discounts will not apply to those buying paper tickets from Metro ticket machines. 

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