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Check out the Transport Select Committee's report into the East Coast rail franchise failure.
Pedestrian Rights petition on 38 Degrees launched by TWPTUG Chair. Please sign and share.
Our buses aren't good enough - Better Buses for Greater Manchester petition to Mayor Andy Burnham. YOU CAN SIGN IN SOLIDARITY if you live outside of Greater Manchester; you don't have to be a Mancunian to express your support!
Bus firms pay fat cats £1.5 BILLION - while prices go up 55% and routes are axed - Mirror article.
Paul Baker (outgoing TWPTUG Secretary) submits 2018 AGM report submission to the Transport Select Committee's inquiry into the decline of Britain's bus services (paraphrased):
"At our recent Officers Meeting. it was suggested I detach the sections of our Annual Report dealing with the bus service crisis (on pages 5 to 7 and the conclusion on page 19). On further thought I have enclosed the whole report as I believe the problems that confront the current provision of public bus services, apply also across other public transport services and have done for a number of years. My report has been written from a national perspective and while it includes much information from local groups I have tried to bring together the wider issues of congestion, change in working patterns and subsequent transport needs, particularly, those of younger people and of course, the impact of increasing car ownership and that impact on air pollution and our climate."
Response from Nexus about Metro issues - Shields Gazette article, 31st October (opens as a PDF).
"What is a good public transport service? And how do we get it?" Join our discussion with CHRISTIAN WOLMAR, award winning writer, broadcaster & public transport campaigner, at the Station Hotel, Newcastle on 15th Oct 2018. Admission is FREE but advance registration is REQUIRED. Please click here for details .
Several French cities have made public transport free, working on the same principle as Ken Livingstone's 'Fare's Fair'. It saves money in the end to subsidise public transport. See map for the towns in France where you can travel around for free.
City AM article: MPs launch inquiry into East Coast rail franchise failure saying "serious questions" need to be asked. Transport Committee inquiry started 21 May 2018 (see Blog | Transport Select Committee menu.)
The Great British Train Robbery - a video by Renegade Inc, featuring the director of We Own It, Cat Hobbs, and Nicole Badstuber, a transport policy researcher at University College London (running time 28 minutes).
The Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care, and Transport Committees published their joint report, Improving Air Quality on Thursday 15 March. The report focuses on measures to improve air quality in the UK. Click here for our Transport Committee reports page.
Calling all residents in the Heaton/High Heaton area of Newcastle - come and join newly-formed SPACE for HEATON group to campaign for a better environment for all! Check out their short video introduction here.
Check out We Own It's email to TWPTUG about it's campaign to bring the East Coast railway line into public ownership on our RAIL PAGE. Don't miss We Own It's founder, Cat Hobbs, on You Tube addressing a Labour Party rally. Please also sign the petition on that page to support the campaign.
Mobike Newcastle city bikes: How to use them and where are they? Check out the Newcastle Chronicle article and video: www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/mobike-newcastle-city-bikes-how-13768475
Newcastle PTUG has set up a petition to the Government requesting funding for the new Metro trains. Please sign it to put pressure on the Government: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/government-funding-for-tyne-and-wear-metro
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a further two days of strike action on Arriva Rail North will go ahead on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October as the company continues to resist all efforts to make progress in the long-running dispute over rail safety and the head-long dash towards Driver Only Operation.
PLEASE ASK YOUR M.P. to support Early Day Motion 109: 'REDUCED ACCESS FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS ON NORTHERN RAIL' tabled by Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead. This is to protect the interests of disabled passengers in unstaffed stations should Driver-Only Operation be introduced. Click on above link to view full EDM text.
DON'T FORGET to check out our pages featuring links to interesting articles selected from Passenger Transport magazine. They can be accessed via the 'PT magazine' menu button. Articles from Issues 161 (2 June 2017) and 162 (16 Jun 2017) recently added to the 'PT Bus articles' page.
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