ITA decision: At a special meeting in Newcastle on 26 July 2013, the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority decided to continue to press ahead with its plans for a quality contract scheme.
NEBOA has urged the ITA to give proper consideration to the partnership alternative, which would see benefits for passengers from as early as spring next year - almost two years earlier than a quality contract scheme.
Working in partnership offers terrific benefits for bus users and local authorities without the tremendous risks posed by a contracts scheme. NEBOA believes that a contract scheme will inevitably lead to service cuts as local authority budgets are squeezed.
The partnership offering already contains savings for Nexus and savings for passengers amounting to more than £2 million. The partnership proposal produces a stable network with changes and improvements being presented to Local Partnership Boards.