Tyne & Wear

Metro fare rise change announced

The annual fare rise on the Tyne and Wear Metro will be capped at a lower level than previously thought.

Owner Nexus said that lobbying by the Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) had resulted in extra financial support from the government.

From 1 January fares will rise by an overall level of 5.8% rather than the 7.2% originally planned.

Single tickets will cost 10p more, and if renewed online the annual MetroSaver will be frozen for a fourth year.

The price of a child DaySaver is also frozen at £1.10.

The chairman of the Tyne and Wear ITA, Councillor David Wood, said: "As a result of discussions we have won an improved settlement from the government in 2012 that will reduce the impact of fare rises at a time when families are struggling with the cost of living."

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