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Still The Biggest Bargain For Newcastle United Fans

8 years ago

Our thanks to the Newcastle fans who have been in touch with regard to the Magpie Mover scheme.

Some supporters have questioned the increase from £10 to £20 for the coming season.

For those who aren’t already aware, the Magpie Mover ticket allows season ticket holders to travel for an entire season by Metro, bus, train and ferry to every competitive home match.  The ticket valid for 3 hours before kick-off, plus three hours after the final whistle, for travel from anywhere in Tyne & Wear.

We have been in touch with Newcastle City Council and they have given us this feedback;

“Newcastle City Council has been working with Newcastle United Football Club and Network Ticketing to provide the Magpie Mover at a greatly reduced cost. Unfortunately, we simply do not have sufficient funds available to us to continue to subsidise the Magpie Mover to the same level and offer it at the old price of £10. If we had done so this season, we do not believe we would have sufficient funding to offer a subsidised ticket at all next season.

As such we’ve taken the decision to increase the price to £20. It’s important to note that this still represents great value for money for those travelling to the match using public transport and by making this decision we’ve given ourselves the best opportunity to continue the Magpie Mover into the future.”

With at least 19 home matches (more in the case of cup games), the cost of the ticket for this season to the customer still offers a considerable discount when compared with the single fares which would be payable for the same journeys.  For instance Stagecoach North East’s minimum fare in Tyne and Wear is £1.15, so the equivalent cost for this would be:

19 home games x 2 journeys = 38 journeys at £1.15 each = £43.70

Using similar information for the Go North East fare between Jarrow and Newcastle:

19 home games x 2 journeys = 38 journeys at £2.70 each = £102.60

After speaking to Newcastle City Council we can assure you that this price increase isn’t (for once!) yet another roundabout way of putting money into Mike Ashley’s pocket, all the partners in the scheme are actually subsidising the cost to encourage the use of public transport. This originally dates back to the ground expansion to fifty two thousand in the nineties, when the club had to show a commitment to doing their bit to help cut journeys by car into the city centre, with another sixteen thousand supporters to be accommodated each home match.

If you are a season ticket holder who uses public transport for home matches then it is a no-brainer to get a Magpie Mover.

If you don’t use public transport for home matches then why not consider making the change? Cut pollution, traffic congestion and stress, whilst at the same time saving money!

Even season ticket holders who live outside the area and drive to home matches, would save a fortune on parking and stress by parking outside the city centre and using the metro or bus via a Magpie Mover ticket.

Visit HERE for details of how to buy a Magpie Mover or click the image below.


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