Metro riders urged to ‘get street smart’

Street dance act the Bad Taste Cru - Conor O'Kane, Darren O'Kane, Paul Kelly and Robert Graham - perform at Park Lane Metro station to highlight a new campaign aimed at under-16 travellers.

Street dance act the Bad Taste Cru - Conor O'Kane, Darren O'Kane, Paul Kelly and Robert Graham - perform at Park Lane Metro station to highlight a new campaign aimed at under-16 travellers.

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GETTING home from school was just a hip-hop, skip, jump and a headspin for these youngsters.

The group treated commuters to a street dance performance aimed at promoting cheap travel.

Transport chiefs want young Wearsiders to “get street smart” and sign up for a new travel smartcard from Nexus. It is free until February 28 and entitles the holder to concessionary fares.

Nexus, responsible for transport in Tyne and Wear, is urging all under 16 card holders to apply for their new pass by the end of the month if they want to avoid admin fees.

As well as allowing them to get 50p single and £1 all-day fares on bus, Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services, the new passes also serve as smart cards which in future can be used to pay for travel.

North East street dancers the Bad Taste Cru have been hired to help promote the card, and took their dance roadshow to Park Lane Metro station.

Nexus is also issuing the new plastic smart cards free to annual season ticket holders now.

Other passengers will start to get their smart cards later in the year.

For more information, visit www.getstreetsmart.co.uk