27 Sep '13, 12pm

Stagecoach NE MD claims costs of Tyne and Wear "flawed plans" for bus contracts will be borne by poorest households.

Attacking what it describes as “flawed plans” for bus contracts in Tyne and Wear, Stagecoach says they would have a massive impact on living standards for some of the area’s poorest people and discriminate against households in the south of the region. Stagecoach says that under the proposals being put forward by the Tyne and Wear ITA around 50 per cent of the company's adult fare-paying passengers in Sunderland and South Shields would pay more. Stagecoach North East managing director Phil Medlicott warns: “This is damning evidence that the ITA’s bus contracting plans would have a hugely damaging impact on the living standards of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the North East. “Families struggling to make ends meet on housing estates across Sunderland and South Shields would be hit with massive fares hikes overnight. These are people who have the least sc...

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