Effective transport networks are a key to economic growth and opportunity for all. This includes links within the North East and connectivity with the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The North East Combined Authority’s ambition, as set out in its Transport Manifesto is to provide affordable, attractive, reliable, safe, healthy transport choices for businesses, residents and visitors while enhancing the environment.
Working with partners, the North East Combined Authority:
- Provides leadership and a united voice on key strategic transport issues
- Links strategic transport planning with economic priorities
- Provides strong representation on transport issues of national significance including rail, air travel, strategic road network and our ports
- Provides more effective co-ordination and enables improvement to the area’s public transport network.
The lead member for transport for the North East Combined Authority is Councillor Nick Forbes, who is also the Leader of Newcastle City Council.
NEXUS manages the functions which it previously delivered within the Tyne and Wear area.
NEXUS is the trading name of the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive. NEXUS is an independent organisation. It was created in 1969 by the Tyneside Passenger Transport (Designation) Order 1961 in accordance with the Transport Act 1968.
Previously overseen by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, in 2014 the responsibilities and assets of the Integrated Transport Authority were transferred to the North East Combined Authority. From that date the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Area was dissolved.
The North East Combined Authority has responsibility that previously fell on the ITA under the terms of the Transport Act 1968 and, in summary, is responsible for overseeing NEXUS’s work and ensuring good governance. The vast majority of these responsibilities have been delegated to a committee of NECA – the Transport North East (Tyne and Wear) Sub-Committee. Detail of the committee’s remit can be found in the NECA’s constitution and records of the proceedings of the Committee are published on this website.
Some responsibilities, such as the setting of transport levies and the approval of the regional transport strategy are discharged by the Authority’s principal decision making body – the NECA Leadership Board. A record of the proceedings of the Leadership Board are published on this website.
A Forward Plan detailing the forthcoming key decisions of the Leadership Board and all NECA Committees is maintained and the current version can be located here.
Transforming Cities Fund
The government has recently launched a Transforming Cities Fund worth £1.7 billion nationally. The funding is to be used to improve intra-city transport in the largest urban areas in England, outside of London. Half of the fund has been allocated to pre-existing Mayoral Combined Authorities and the remaining £840 million is to be allocated to other city regions such as ours via a competitive process.
The NECA has prepared and submitted a bid on behalf of the seven local authorities which aims to obtain in excess of £100m in funding which will be invested in major improvements to sustainable transport in our area.
Our vision is: ‘better connectivity, more mobility’, making sustainable transport the natural choice for people moving around our city region and banishing congestion and its polluting effects.
Our ambition through this bid is to help close our area’s productivity gap through better connectivity and more mobility, enabling growth, reducing congestion and improving air quality and public health as we do so.
The current submission is the Expression of Interest. This is, essentially, a knock out competition against other regions in which the EOI must compare positively when compared against submission from other regions to progress to the next round.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will shortlist up to ten city regions to progress to the next round.
Shortlisted city regions will work collaboratively with the DfT to develop packages of proposals. The programme business cases will then be assessed via a competitive challenge process and successful city regions will then be awarded funding to deliver their proposals.