Nexus launches Pop blue – a Pay As You Go smartcard for young people
Written by Scott McGerty on 2nd January 2018
Young people aged 18 and under will pay only £1 for single trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro from today, Tuesday 2 January, following the introduction of an exciting new Pop Pay As You Go smartcard – Pop blue.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has introduced the Pop blue card to make Metro travel more affordable for young people.
Anyone aged 18 and under will only pay £1 for a single trip when they have a Pop blue card, which can easily be topped up online, at Metro ticket machines or at any Nexus Travel Shop.
Young people using a Pop blue card will only ever pay for a maximum of two Metro trips on any single day. A £2 daily price cap will apply to Metro travel and no further charge will be applied for a third, fourth, or even fifth trip.
Pop blue cards are available from www.nexus.org.uk/popblue and from Nexus Travel Shops. The card itself is free but must be purchased with a £10 balance on the card.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “I’m really pleased to be introducing a new Pay As You Go product for young people. Pop blue will make it cheaper and easier for young people aged 18 and under to travel on Metro.
“It’s a really simple scheme. Young people can top up their Pop blue card online or at a ticket machine, and as they travel on Metro they will be charged £1 for a single trip and a maximum of £2 for the whole day. This is on top of our existing range of fares for children, young people and students which are still available.
“The North East Combined Authority challenged us to improve the offer for young people and that is what we have delivered.”
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey said: “We are committed to promoting more sustainable forms of travel, and encouraging more people to regularly use public transport is very important.
“Making buying a ticket both more affordable and convenient for young people with the ‘Pop’ card is a great way of attracting them on to the Metro system, as they travel to school, college, work or visit friends and family.”
The Pop blue smartcard can also be used to pay for local bus travel, buying the applicable young person’s fare set by the bus company. The daily price cap will not apply to bus travel.
Pop blue is a major step forward for young people travelling on Metro and is a direct response to feedback from schools, colleges, and from young people themselves.
The new Pop blue scheme was agreed at a meeting of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board on Tuesday 21 November.