Metro Gold Card holders can enjoy Metro travel at any time of the day this summer.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has opened the system to Gold Card holders before 9.30am on weekdays throughout July and August.
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “There is so much to see and do using Metro this summer, with all the Great Exhibition of the North and Tall Ships Races, so there’s never been a better time to get a Gold Card than during July and August when you can travel all day.”
The Metro Gold Card is a smartcard product sold for an annual fee of £12 for Tyne and Wear residents and £24 a year for people from other areas.
It can be uploaded directly 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.