Nexus begins trialling Pay As You Go Metro travel

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro system, has begun trialling the Metro’s first ever Pay As You Go smart ticket products.

The ‘Pay As You Go’ pilot was launched by the Chairman of the Tyne and Wear ITA, Cllr David Wood on Tuesday 25 March.

A new-look purple Pop card has been unveiled by Nexus, and will become the card to use for Pay As You Go journeys.

The card can be topped up using cash, credit or debit cards and used to touch in and out at Metro ticket gates and validators, which will automatically deduct the cost of the journey from the card.  The price of a single Metro journey made using Pay As You Go Pop card will be 15p cheaper than existing single tickets.

Over the next few months a growing number of Metro users will be asked to test the new Pop Pay As You Go cards, ahead of a full launch later in the year.

On the Metro more than 100,000 people are already using Pop and other smart cards to travel by loading season tickets on to them, and touching in and out at station gates and validators.

Cllr Wood said: “I’m delighted to mark the introduction of smart Pay As You Go travel on Metro. I have made smart travel one of my main aims as Chair of the ITA, and I’m pleased that it is now here.

“Pay As You Go provides passengers with cheaper travel for single trips thanks to fares introduced by the ITA, and will make it much easier and more convenient to travel by Metro.

“Smart cards will become the standard way to pay for travel on public transport across the North East over coming years, and it is great for this to be the ITA’s legacy.”

Metro’s new smart ticketing system – which included automatic ticket gates at 13 key stations – was switched on in November 2013.

Smartcard customers ‘touch in’ and ‘touch out’ as they start and finish their journey. The ticket gates have an orange reader on them, and smartcard customers should always touch their smartcard on them as they pass through.

All other stations have yellow validators at the entrances and exits to the platforms. Smartcard customers should always touch their smartcard on them when entering or leaving the station.