Nexus, the owner and operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro network, has decided to implement extensive measures for preventing fare evasion, and installed automatic ticket gates at multiple stations from Newcastle Airport station to South Shields, a media news report has revealed.
The gates are being switched on in stages before they go fully operational in 2014 in order to give customers "time to get used to them".
Metro staff will be on hand to help passengers at stations where ticket gates are up and running, it added.
Bernard Garner, director general of Nexus, said: "The gates will allow us to clamp down on fare evasion and will mean that more stations are staffed, which improves security and customer service.
"I’m confident that Metro users will quickly get used to the gates and won’t have any trouble using them."
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