Tobyn Hughes appointed as Transport Operations Director for the North East

The North East Combined Authority has announced the appointment of its first Managing Director for Transport Operations, to deliver high quality, integrated public transport services across the region. Tobyn Hughes, previously Deputy Director General of Nexus, will take on the new role responsible for integrating public transport delivery for the Combined Authority area of 2 […]

Metro fares in 2015 include price reductions for young people

Metro and Shields Ferry fare changes for 2015 include price reductions for young people and a price freeze for pensioners and people with disabilities. There will also be more flexible ways for passengers to pay for their travel rolled out over the course of next year. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, […]

Tyne and Wear ‘better buses’ plan submitted

A plan to improve bus services in Tyne and Wear while providing savings for local taxpayers has been submitted to an independent panel of experts for review. The North East Combined Authority (neca) approved the plan to establish local council control of bus services, through a Quality Contracts Scheme, at its meeting on 21 October […]

North East bus shake-up gets the green light

In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across the region since de-regulation in the 1980s, members of the North East Combined Authority (neca) have today agreed to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contracts Scheme (QCS) for consideration by a special independent panel. The north east is the first […]

Scrutineers Join Forces

Scrutineers in the north east have joined forces across seven local authorities to help improve the region’s economy by monitoring and reviewing strategic decisions across local authority boundaries in the areas of economic growth, skills and transport.   The aim of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) (Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, and […]

Nexus Director General announces retirement

The Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, is to retire. Mr Garner has led Nexus since 2006, overseeing record £389m investment in the Tyne and Wear Metro, the roll-out of smart ticketing and the Bus Strategy Delivery Project. The process of seeking a new Managing Director for Transport Operations is now underway and is being […]

Cleaner and Greener Buses

Buses will be cleaner and greener after North East councils worked together to secure Government transport investment.   Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils received £472,000 after putting together an award winning bid to The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund on behalf of the North East Combined Authority. The Fund is designed to pay for modifications to […]

£290m Growth Deal for North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £290m investment which will create thousands of new jobs for the North East. The investment is part of the government’s Growth Deal, which was announced on Monday 7 July, and provides the North East with a significant funding to take forward its plans for economic growth. The […]

Potential high speed rail benefits to be discussed

The potential benefits that a high speed rail network could bring to the North East are to be discussed by regional leaders. Members of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board will hold their third meeting on Tuesday July 15. On the agenda will be a report on rail capabilities and the potential impact of […]