A new smart ticket has been launched allowing people to travel across multiple forms of public transport across the North East.
People can now buy a digital version of the existing ‘Network One’ season ticket – a paper ticket that can be used across most buses in Tyne and Wear, the Metro, the Sunderland to Blaydon Rail Line, and the Shields Ferry.
It means people living outside Tyne and Wear who travel in to use the Metro or other bus services can purchase one ticket that is valid throughout their journey.
The new ticket option, called ‘All Zones Plus’, can be bought on any mobile app of the region’s main bus companies, Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva for travel on bus and Metro services – and the Shields Ferry.
At the same time, existing Tyne and Wear Network One All Zones tickets can now be purchased on a Pop smartcard which means that people can use one smartcard for multi-modal travel across the region regardless of which operators they are travelling with.
Steve Walker, chair of Network One ticketing and managing director at Stagecoach North East, said: “Network One has long provided ticketing for customers in Tyne and Wear who use buses, Metro and the ferry.
“It has also long been an aspiration for us to extend these tickets into County Durham and Northumberland.
“The travel work area has grown across the region, and I am pleased that this is now a reality making it easier for people to travel around the region.”
The region’s transport companies, local authorities and the Joint Transport Committee have worked in partnership to deliver integrated ticketing across all of the North East’s seven authority…