THE price of a Metro Gold Card is to be slashed by more than 50 per cent from April 1.
Ticket prices will drop from £25 to £12, for Tyne and Wear residents, to reflect the fact that the travel cards are much easier to buy and use.
Prices will be reduced from £35 to £25 per year for non-Tyne and Wear residents.
The Gold card is now being sold as a smartcard product, and can be uploaded directly on to a concessionary travel scheme card for older and disabled people from Metro ticket machines at all 60 stations.
Coun David Wood, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “After reducing the cost of Metro travel for young people and students at the start of the year, we are now able to offer exceptional value for elderly and disabled passengers.
“The price reduction on the cost of the Metro Gold Card means that pensioners and disabled people can get unlimited off-peak Metro travel for just £1 a month. This is excellent value for money.
“The Gold Card is also now a smartcard product, which can be uploaded straight on to the free bus pass at any Metro ticket machine, making it even easier to buy.”
John Fenwick, director of finance and resources for Nexus, said: “We want people to see this as a good-value product that they can just turn up and buy and use for a year.”
Passengers will soon be able to buy a Gold card on line from.nexus.org.uk.