Tyne and Wear Metro to install access gates in order to prevent fare-dodging

product-halfheight Tyne and Wear Metro to install access gates in order to prevent fare-dodging13 of the busiest stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro will be fitted with London Underground-style gates, in an attempt to reduce fare dodging which costs about £1m a year in lost income.

According to a news report on the matter, the system is set to go through a sequential switch-on process, set to start in September and finish by the year’s end.

The cost of the gates is around £7.5m which is part of a £24m contract to install 225 new ticket machines in all the Metro’s 60 stations. The new gates will require new travel cards in order to operate, and a renewal program will be under way shortly in order to ensure all passengers entitled to the cards receive them in due time.

Even though the automated gates will go in, inspectors will still travel around the Metro checking tickets, but will focus on suburban stations which don’t have gates.

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