Go North East pushes for passenger power

Go North East has put a campaign bus on the road to try and persuade the travelling public to support its argument that partnerships with PTE Nexus would work better rather than local politicians preference for London-style quality contracts in Tyne & Wear.

The disagreement over the future management of the region’s buses has prompted some robust language from Stagecoach and comes as operator/transport authority relationships in two other PTE areas — West Yorkshire and West Midlands — take starkly different courses. In West Yorkshire, PTE Metro is holding out for a better ticketing deal from operators before considering dropping plans for quality contracts, while Centro in the West Midlands is stressing the trust it has built up with operators to achieve positive change.

Launching the Dennis Trident campaign double-decker, Go North East commercial director Martin Harris said: ‘Contracts like the scheme that Nexus is proposing might work in London, but at huge cost. London’s buses are heavily subsidised by council taxpayers and London’s motorists through the congestion charge. Councillors up here have ruled out congestion charging for our towns and cities, so council taxpayers will have to be prepared to dig deep in their pockets if this scheme goes ahead.’

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