1 October 2014:
NEBOA makes case for bus partnership to Combined Authority
Bus operators met with leaders of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) today (1 October 2014) to outline partnership proposals that would deliver key improvements for passengers in the region as well as saving taxpayers millions of pounds.
26 March 2014:
NEBOA welcomes Passenger Focus survey results
Passenger satisfaction with bus services in Tyne and Wear has jumped to 90%, according to new
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.
Responsibility for public transport in Tyne and Wear passed to the North East Combined Authority in Spring 2014.