Monday 28th December 2015
Metro & Shields Ferry Price Increases
***STORY FROM NEXUS WEBSITE***
Metro fares are to include savings on the price of single tickets in 2016.
The cost of standard adult single Metro tickets will be reduced by 10p from January 2 next year.
Pop Pay As You Go will remain the cheapest way to pay for single and daily Metro travel.
A 60% discount for young people aged 16-18 and a 30% discount for students will be maintained in 2016.
The Metro Gold Card, which offers pensioners and people with disabilities unlimited off-peak Metro travel for £12 a year, will be frozen in price for another year.
Some other fares will go up, including the cost of day tickets.
There will be greater product flexibility for Metro season ticket holders with the introduction of zonal MetroSavers, a move which will deliver significant savings for some Metro customers.
The price of a single journey on the Shields Ferry will be reduced by 10p and price reductions will also be applicable for a range of other tickets.
The 2016 fares were agreed at a meeting of the North East Combined Authority’s Transport North East (Tyne and Wear) Sub-Committee (TWSC) earlier today, Tuesday 24 November.
The plans will see fares rise by an average of 0.4%, which is below the 1% Retail Price Index (RPI) rate of UK inflation as of July this year.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We are keeping Metro fares as low as possible in 2016 while offering savings to customers.
“By keeping the fares low we can build on the growing number of passengers who are using Metro. Passenger numbers are at a five year high having passed the 39 million mark earlier in the year.
“The price of some fares is being reduced, while customers who choose Pop Pay As You Go can take advantage of an enhanced discount and a fare cap, meaning they’ll always pay less for single and daily travel.
“The average increase in the fares has been set below the rate of inflation for another year. Although some fares have to rise to help to offset increased running costs, Metro remains a very cost effective way to travel.
“I’m really pleased that we have been able to maintain the significant discounts we offer for students and deliver another price freeze for children, young people aged 16 to 18, and Gold Card holders.”
The Metro fares for 2016 are set to include:
• A one zone single is down from £1.80 to £1.70; two zone single is down from £2.70 to £2.60; all zone single down £3.40 to £3.30.
• The cost of a one zone Adult DaySaver ticket will be increased by 10p from £2.70 to 2.80; the two zone DaySaver is up by 20p from £3.70 to 3.90; an all zone DaySaver is up from £4.60 to £4.80.
• 10p off the cost of single fares and 20p off the cost of the daily price cap for Pop Pay As You Go customers.
• All commercial child tickets frozen for the third consecutive year.
• A freeze in the cost of the Metro Gold Card, which offers unlimited off-peak Metro travel to pensioners and people with disabilities for one off yearly payments of £12.
• A minimum of a 30% discount versus the equivalent adult fares will continue to be offered to students via the Student MetroSaver. The four week inner Newcastle and inner Sunderland Student MetroSavers are coming down in price by £1.40 from £26.60 to £25.20.
• 16-18 MetroSaver remains available to all young people aged 16 to 18 irrespective of whether they are in full time education or not. The price of the one week ticket will be frozen at £7.50 a week. The price of the four week ticket will also be frozen at £28, offering unlimited Metro travel for just £1 per day.
• The price of the one zone annual MetroSaver will be reduced by £35 to £415.00; the price of the two zone annual will be increased by £52.50 to £535.00.
• The cost of an all zone annual MetroSaver will go up to £575 from £515.
In line with the national rail fare review, the Retail Price Index (RPI) comparison is based on a date of July 2014, when the RPI was at 1%.
Pop Pay As You Go allows customers a discount compared to normal single fares on Metro – while a best price guarantee means people will pay less than the price of a DaySaver for the zones they use, no matter how many journeys they make.
Single journeys made with Pop Pay As You Go cost 10p less than the standard fare, and all day travel will cost 20p less than the equivalent DaySaver price for the zones used.
The smart system keeps track of journeys made, and stops charging once a guaranteed daily price cap has been reached for the zones used.
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