Saturday 10th March 2018
Card Only Machine Trial On The Metro

Nexus have started a trial using ticket machines that only accept debit or credit card or smartphone contactless payments on the Tyne & Wear Metro.

Three of the eight ticket machines at Central Station in Newcastle city centre have been set up to only accept credit/debit card payments.

The trial comes as more and more passengers are using cards, including contactless payment rather than cash to buy their Metro tickets.

The switch to credit/debit cards, contactless payments and the Pop smart cards heralds the end of payment with notes and coins on the busy urban rail system, which is used by 38 million passengers a year.

Nexus introduced ticket machines that accept bank card payments and smartcards as well as notes and coins at all 60 of its stations in June 2013. They confirm they don't plan to scrap cash payments all together yet but are keen to see how popular this trial goes.

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