METRO fares are set to increase by an average of four per cent next year.
The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority agreed a Nexus proposal for the price hike from January 6.
The revised fares will see the peak Metro DaySaver tickets withdrawn for cheaper off-peak tickets, which transport chiefs said would benefit commuters and part-time workers. There will also be greater discounts for students.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the changes were necessary to offset higher Metro running costs.
Metro single tickets are going up by 10p, with a one-zone single up from £1.60 to £1.70.
The Metro DaySaver is going up by 20p, but passengers travelling before 9am who buy a peak Daysaver will see prices come down.
The annual MetroSaver goes up by £20 to £520 while a child’s single fare is up from 70p to 80p and the child’s DaySaver ticket goes up to £1.20.
Children with a Nexus Under-16 Card can still buy a concessionary single for 60p and a Child All-day Ticket valid on Metro and other public transport for £1.10.
Students at universities in Newcastle and Sunderland are getting an enhanced 20 per cent discount.
The price of a Metro Gold Card, which is available to Tyne and Wear residents with a National Concessionary Travel pass for a one-off annual payment of £25 per year, is being reviewed separately and recommendations will be presented to members of the ITA in the new year.
Tickets on the Shields Ferry are also going up.
A single ticket is up from £1.40 to £1.50, the one-day FerrySaver is up from £2.40 to £2.50, and a seven-day pass is up from £10.80 to £11.20.
The child single ticket on the ferry is up from 50p to 60p. A new four-week season ticket is set to be introduced.
Passengers will also be able to get substantial discounts by buying tickets online at www.nexus.org.uk.