Metro passengers can use ‘pay as you go’ card in latest smart travel move

Metro passengers can use a new Pop card for 'pay as you go' travel.
Metro passengers can use a new Pop card for 'pay as you go' travel.

A new way of paying for the Metro is aiming to save commuters money.

Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro can now use a Pop card for pay as you go travel.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones and Coun Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the North East Combined Authority, launched the new purple Pop card, the first outside London to offer a daily price cap. Customers can top up their cards in advance avoiding the need to pay every time they travel.

Pop Pay As You Go provides a discount compared to normal single fares on Metro – while a best price guarantee means people will pay less than the price of a DaySaver for the zones they use, no matter how many journeys they make.

Mr Jones said: “The Pop Pay As You Go card is a great initiative that will ensure passengers across the North East can enjoy seamless journeys and save money on their local bus and Metro services.”

It is the latest phase in the roll-out of smart travel in Metro by Nexus.