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Tyne and Wear Metro ready for new £10 note

The new £10 is now being accepted on the Tyne and Wear Metro system Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A new ten pound note has gone into circulation today and one of the North East's transport operators insists their ticket operations can cope with the change.

Nexus, who run the Tyne and Wear Metro, has modified their ticketing machines in stations across the North East to accept the new ploymer note.

Like the £5 note already in circulation featuring Sir Winston Churchill, the new £10 banknote featuring Pride And Prejudice author Austen is made from polymer.

The new banknotes are expected to last at least two-and-a-half times longer than the current paper £10 notes, around five years in total, and stay in better condition during day-to-day use.

One billion polymer £10 notes have been printed ready for issue.

The new £10 banknote features a portrait of the celebrated novelist Jane Austen, marking 200 years since the author's death.

We've been updating our machines over the last two weeks, at all sixty stations on the metro network.

When new notes come in we need software from our supplier, so we have to go round each machine individually and update them, so that's taken a couple of weeks but we're ready for when our customers have these new notes."

– Huw Lewis, Nexus' Customer Services Director

People can continue to spend the existing paper £10 notes for now. They will be phased out gradually as they are banked.

Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will eventually be withdrawn in spring 2018.