27 Jan '16, 1pm

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The number of people using the Tyne and Wear Metro rose above 40 million in 2015, the highest passenger number for five years. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, puts the growth down to the convenience and value Metro offers and the introduction of Pop card smart tickets offering passengers easier and more flexible ways to pay for travel. There were 1.3 million more journeys on Metro in 2015 compared to the previous calendar year, taking total passenger numbers to just over 40 million for the first time since February 2011. Passenger numbers have grown by 4.6 million – or more than 13% – in the two years since major modernisation work was completed on Metro’s main route through Newcastle. Local authority leaders said the growth in passenger numbers underlined the case for further investment in Metro, including Government support to build new trains for th...

Full article: http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-passenger-numbers...

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