27 Feb '15, 4pm

TyneTeesWear News: Combined Authority wins benefits for local people from new rail franchises #metro #nefollowers

The North East Combined Authority has welcomed ‘Invitations to Tender’ for the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises published today, promising a better deal for passengers, additional journeys across the region and new local accountability for how services are delivered. The neca has been working on behalf of local authorities to secure improvements to services and devolution of decision making in the new franchise specifications. Cllr Nick Forbes, lead member for transport on the neca and leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “We have secured a commitment to replace the much-maligned Pacer train, improvements to evening and weekend services, and a requirement for substantial investment in the region's stations. “Whoever wins the new franchise must also support community rail partnerships and join the roll-out of smart ticketing, which the Combined Authority...

Full article: http://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/combined-authority-wins...

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