The ITA is made up of elected Councillors from all the districts within Tyne and Wear and specialist support staff.

The ITA was created following the 2008 Local Transport Act. This Act of Parliament created Integrated Transport Authorities to replace the Passenger Transport Authorities (after almost 25 years and – at least in Tyne and Wear – very significant achievements).  The new ITAs have significantly more powers and opportunities to shape the whole transport network, across every mode, within Tyne and Wear.

The ITA oversees the transport network on behalf of the public – and at the moment, on your behalf, we are involved in various improvements across the network.  Find out more here.

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Our vision for transport in Tyne and Wear is that:

Tyne and Wear will have a fully integrated and sustainable transport network, allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a high quality of life.  Our strategic networks will support the efficient movement of people and goods within and beyond Tyne and Wear, and a comprehensive network of pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport links will ensure that everyone has access to employment, training, community services and facilities.

The five goals of the transport strategy that we have adopted to meet this vision are:

  • To support the economic development, regeneration and competitiveness of Tyne and Wear, improving the efficiency, reliability and integration of transport networks across all modes
  • To reduce carbon emissions produced by local transport movements, and to strengthen our networks against the effects of climate change and extreme weather events
  • To contribute to healthier and safer communities in Tyne and Wear, with higher levels of physical activity and personal security
  • To create a fairer Tyne and Wear, providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve their full potential and access a wide range of employment, training, facilities and services
  • To protect, preserve and enhance our natural and built environments, improving quality of life and creating high quality public places

As there is considerable overlap between the latter three goals, and many of our proposed measures would help to address all three of them, these have be summarised under the term “Safe and Sustainable Communities”. Therefore the strategy has been focused on ways to address challenges within the following three key areas :

  • Supporting economic development and regeneration
  • Addressing climate change
  • Supporting safe and sustainable communities
  • Services
    We oversee many services including the Metro, secured bus services, concessionary travel, travel information and the Tyne Tunnels
  • Members
    Our members are elected Councillors from all the five local authority districts: Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland
  • Policies
    We set the policies for the public transport executive (Nexus) to deliver. These policies include overarching strategic leadership
  • Scrutiny
    To deliver our objectives it is important we are open to challenge and scrutiny, the public is invited to attend any scrutiny meeting