Credit: Tyne & Wear Metro

Tyne & Wear Metro fare prices are set to rise from April, in which operator Nexus have announced.

Nexus Chief operating officer, Martin Kearney, said ticket prices were in need of an increase “in order to help us to meet our running costs at a time when Nexus faces enormous financial challenges. There’s a great price incentive to make the switch to smart travel, and it’ll be even easier to use PAYG when it becomes available as an app on android phones.”

It’s good news for those who have PAYG (Pop Pay As You Go) card as prices will be frozen. Nexus chiefs are encouraging travellers to to switch to this card, to help cut the costs of printing fares and bring the patronage back to levels before Covid times. The PAYG cards can be topped up online or at stations.

However, the typical fare will have quite a ‘major’ price increase. Reports say that there could be –

  • 3% increase for the cost of annual, weekly or monthly paper tickets
  • 9.5% increase for the cost of single paper tickets
  • 10% increase for cost of day/single paper tickets on Shields Ferry

Metro said there is still a “significant gap between customer numbers now and where the Metro needs to be”, despite the recovery of 85% of passenger numbers before the pandemic.

Martin Kearney said that Nexus are still hoping to receive help from the government, with worries there may be more difficulties ahead. “Metro is a public service that doesn’t make a profit, so we require government support alongside the revenue that we get from fares, all of which goes back into keeping Metro running.” he said.

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