26 Jul '13, 11am

Tyne & Wear ITA to consult on new contracts scheme for buses - what do you think?

The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has agreed to move forward with plans aimed at providing better bus services while reducing the cost to local taxpayers by £70m. Key features of a proposal it is now opening to consultation include capping future price rises, making travel cheaper for young people and students, introducing simple fares and London-style smart travel and growing services. The ITA would fund improvements by taking control of fare revenue from private companies and re-investing a greater proportion of the profit buses make in Tyne and Wear in local services. And by reducing direct public funding it would be able to reduce the cost to the taxpayer by £7m a year yet avoid cuts that would see the withdrawal of child concessionary fares, schools buses and other socially-necessary services under threat after 2015. The ITA has instructed Nexus to laun...

Full article: http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/2013/ita-agrees-plan-improve...

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