AUTOMATIC ticket gates have been installed at a South Tyneside Metro station.
Nexus, which owns and manages the system, has installed the gates at Chichester station, in South Shields.
The new ticket gates have been installed over the last two weeks and will be switched on in February.
It will mean that the station will be staffed more often and fare evasion will be tougher to get away with.
Nexus has installed automatic ticket gates and smartcard validators on the Metro system as part of £389m modernisation programme.
A total of 13 Metro stations are now fitted with automatic ticket gates.
Managing director for transport operations, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The new ticket gates will allow us to lower ticket fraud and have more staff on duty at Chichester, which improves security and customer service.”
Smartcard customers have to ‘touch in’ and ‘touch out’ as they start and finish their journey.
Smartcard customers should touch their card on the orange reader.