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Three Metro Travelshops to be closed by operators Nexus

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Image caption Ticket machines will sell products traditionally bought over the counter

Metro operator Nexus is to close three of its nine Travelshops.

Sales at the shops have dropped since season tickets were made available at new ticket machines, the company said.

It plans to close the outlets at Four Lane Ends Interchange, Heworth Interchange and Monument metro station in October.

Director general Bernard Garner said: "Two thirds of four-weekly Metrosaver tickets and 97% of weekly Metrosavers are now bought at ticket machines."

Tickets were now being sold in local shops in the Payzone network and would be available online later in the year, he added.

Nexus will continue to sell Network One bus tickets at the remaining Travelshops.

Staff at the closed shops will be found alternative roles wherever possible, the company said.

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