Metro Gold Card holders to be able to use their pass at any time during summer
Metro Gold Card holders will have a ticket to ride without extra charge at any time of the day throughout July and August.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is lifting the restriction which prevents holders using the Gold Card before 9.30am on weekdays from Sunday.
Customer services director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “There is so much to see and do using Metro this summer, not least all of the events and exhibits in the Great Exhibition of the North, so there’s never been a better time to get a Gold card than during July and August when you can travel all day.”
People can apply for a free bus pass when they reach the female State Pension age, whether you’re a man or a woman through the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.
Anyone who has one of those can then buy a Metro Gold Card, which also gives a year’s travel on Metro, the Shields Ferry and on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland.
The card is sold as a smartcard product for an annual fee of £12 for Tyne and Wear residents and £24 a year for people from other areas.
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It can be uploaded directly on to a concessionary travel scheme card for older and disabled people - free bus pass - from Metro ticket machines at all 60 stations, as well as at Nexus Travel Shops and via Payzone points.
To buy the Gold Card at a Metro ticket machine, free bus pass holders need to touch their card against the machine’s orange reader and then press ‘Metro Tickets’.
Gold Card gives unlimited off-peak travel on Metro for pensioners and eligible disabled people.
More details about the scheme can be found by clicking here.