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POP along to pay less for Park and Ride in Durham City

Published July 05, 2016 2.36pm


Our Park and Ride service is now cheaper and easier to use than before as users can now get a Pop Pay As You Go smartcard.

Pop Pay As You Go cards can be bought at Payzone stores as well as at Nexus: travelshops in Tyne and Wear. They'll also be available to purchase online later this year.

If you already have a Pop Pay As You Go card you can top up online at the Popcard Pop Shop with the value being added to the card automatically next time you use it.

POP card launched in Durham

Cllr Neil Foster launching the POP card with Jane Leadbeater and Simon Day

Not only will the new smartcard system mean easier travel but it's cheaper too, with an all-day ticket via the smartcard costing £1.70 compared with the usual £2.

Following a trial, the system is now being implemented on all of the Park and Ride buses serving Durham City and, to celebrate, commuters have been taking part in lucky dips to win one of the new smartcards with £20 worth of travel included.

The new system allows people to get straight onto the bus and use the card reader without having to queue at ticket machines. Unique to the Park and Ride service is the ability for people to top up online at the Popcard Pop Shop with the value being added to the card automatically the next time they use the service.

The Pop smartcards can be used for a range of travel across the region, including many bus services, metro journeys and even the Shields Ferry. A full list can be found at Nexus: Popcard - which buses use POP PAYG?.

Easier and Cheaper

Cllr Neil Foster, our cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: "Our Park and Ride service offers a cheap and convenient way of getting in and out the city as well as helping to reduce congestion, meaning it's also better for the environment.

"As well as being part of a much wider network of travel, the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard means the service is now even easier to use and costs less. So we're delighted that current users will be able to enjoy all of the benefits and hope that even more people think about trying it.

"By working together with travel operators and other authorities, the Pop smartcard will hopefully mean easier journeys for people across the region."

The move sees the Park and Ride service join a system already running across the region, developed under the North East Smart Ticketing Initiative (NESTI) which includes all of the north east's councils in partnership with bus operators.

 

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