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.