Metro fares to go up in January

Seaburn Metro station, Station Road, Sunderland
Seaburn Metro station, Station Road, Sunderland
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METRO passengers face a fare hike next year.

Fares on the Tyne and Wear Metro are to be increased by an average of 2.5 per cent from Thursday, January 2.

Metro owner Nexus said the average was below July’s Retail Price Index rate of inflation.

The cost of Metro adult single, day and transfare tickets are being increased by 10p.

A one-zone single ticket goes up from £1.70 to £1.80. A Metro all-zone single goes up from £3.20 to £3.30. An-all zone Daysaver is up from £4.40 to £4.50.

The 2014 Metro fares also include improved discounts for young people and students.

Nexus director general Bernard Garner said: “It is important that during these tough times we give the best value possible to Metro customers.

“We are seeing growth in fare income generally, which allows us to keep the fare increase for regular users below the rate of inflation.”

Mr Garner added: “We have also been able to extend the discounts on offer for young people and students.

“Metro’s finances are underpinned by a long-term funding agreement with the Government.

“However, costs do increase each year so we do have to increase some fares.

“This is always a difficult decision.”

The price of Metro child tickets will not be increased and will remain at the 2013 prices.

The cost of a Metro Gold Card, which offers pensioners and people with disabilities discounted Metro travel for a one off annual payment, will be separately reviewed next year.