The number of passengers using the Tyne and Wear Metro has hit a five-year high, bosses have announced.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to keeping ticket prices low and the introduction of smart ticketing.
Metro’s annual passenger total has now risen above 39 million for the first time since June 2010.
There were a million more journeys on the system compared to the same period last year.
And figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) in June showed that Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London.
Councillor Nick Forbes, regional transport lead for the North East Combined Authority, said: “We are now looking ahead to see how we can build on its popularity by investing in the Metro so that it can continue to serve the travelling public long into the future.
Metro ticket sales went up by 4.4% in 2014/15, with revenue totalling £47.9m.