1. Cashless Metro tickets could be on the horizon

    James Harrison

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones to tap in and out of journeys on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

    The system's bosses are hoping to roll out smart tickets from next year with other products, like park and ride permits, available by 2025.

    They have also set a target of scrapping payment by cash by the same time, though bank cards would still be an option.

    Newcastle councillor Joyce McCarty told a meeting of the North East Joint Transport Committee’s Tyne and Wear Sub Committee she welcome the plans.

    "Our technology was way ahead a few years ago and then we’re fallen back over the last few years," she said.

    Metro sign

    Metro operator Nexus said most passengers already used contactless payments to buy their tickets, rather than coins or notes.

    Ms McCarty said it was "even more important when we don’t want staff handling cash which could carry infections”.