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.
The new £10 banknote features a portrait of the celebrated novelist Jane Austen, marking 200 years since the author's death.
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Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will eventually be withdrawn in spring 2018.