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Metro to introduce new £1 fare for under 18's

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People aged 18 and under will pay only £1 for single trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro following the proposed introduction of a new Pop Pay As You Go smartcard - Pop blue.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is proposing to launch the Pop blue card from Tuesday, January 2 to allow people aged 18 and under to pay £1 for a single trip.

To make traveling by Metro even more affordable young people using a Pop blue card will only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day.

A £2 daily price cap will apply to Metro travel and no further charge will be applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.

The Pop blue smartcard can also be used to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel.

Pop blue is described as a major step forward for young people traveling on Metro and is a direct response to feedback from schools, colleges, and from young people themselves.

Pop blue will be available online and from Nexus Travel Shops from January 2.

The Combined Authority challenged us to improve the offer for young people, and so we are now seeking their agreement to introduce Pop blue, which will make it much easier and more affordable for young people aged 18 and under to travel on the Metro.

It’s a really simple scheme. Young people can top up their Pop blue card online or at a ticket machine, and as they travel on Metro they will be charged £1 for a single trip and a maximum of £2 for the whole day. This is on top of our existing range of fares for children, young people and students which are still available.

Metro is a publicly owned system that does not make a profit, so we are proposing to re-invest the extra income we expect to earn from this year’s fare review in a cheaper travel offer for young people.

If our proposals are approved, Metro will continue to offer affordable travel around the area in 2018.

Although we plan a modest general fares increase in line with normal practice, anyone who switches to adult Pop Pay As You Go will make bigger savings than ever before compared to paying for paper tickets, and we have kept price increases for season ticket holders to a minimum. We are also proposing to keep the price of the annual Gold Card at £12 for the year.”

– Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus