METRO bosses are to increase rail fares next year.
Higher-than-inflation rises will hit the Tyne and Wear Metro, although train owner Nexus says they are below average national ticket increases.
January 2 will see the price of the Metro Zone 1 single tickets increase by 10p.
All other single and day tickets will rise by 20p.
Child tickets will also rise by 10p, the first rise on these in three years.
The fare hikes, averaging about seven per cent, will see Metro operator Nexus bring in more than £900,000 increased income.
Metro bosses have said they are still offering a range of discounts, including a 10 per cent season ticket discount for those who renew online, and 16-18 year-old students are to be offered a reduced ticket price to ensure they enjoy half-price tickets.
In January, transport bosses in Tyne and Wear will meet to consider any increases to the Metro Gold Card, offering discounted fares to pensioners.
The price changes come as Nexus rolls out the new ticket machines which accept notes and bank cards.
One is already in place in Palmersville and Nexus expects the second station to be Tyne Dock.
Nexus says it has kept the price increases as low as possible but needs some increases as a result of rising costs, particularly electricity.