Tyne & Wear Public

Transport Users Group


Welcome to our website... by using the links below you can find out  who we are, what we're about, and what we campaign for.



Current News / Campaigns...


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


RMT Arriva Northern Strike - planned picket lines and leafleting ....THURSDAY 5th OCTOBER 2017


Newcastle Central

5.00 - 13.30

Meet outside the arches, Newcastle Central Station - entrance to the staff car park.


RMT confirms a further two days of strike action on Arriva Rail North in guards' safety dispute:


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.


Next year's rail fares rise has been announced. Join the campaign to make rail fares fair!


More than half UK investment in transport is in London, says study. Thinktank IPPR North warns gulf in investment between regions is at cost of greater northern productivity.


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.


Transport for the North (TfN) Roadshow will be held at Newcastle Central Library on Thursday 6 July, 3-7pm.


CLIMATE CHANGE WEEK PROGRAMME - TWPTUG representatives will meet Alan Campbell MP at 2pm on Friday 7 July, outside Cullercoats Metro (coast side), after which Jenny Armstrong will lead a guided tour of the village! Can’t walk or stand for that long? No problem, just come for the photo with Alan, or slip away after 15-20 minutes.




Major event coming up >> BUS FUTURES! - Will the new Bus Services Act improve bus travel for passengers across the North East (NECA area)?



Rail union RMT has confirmed that a 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North this Friday, 28th April, will go ahead after the company failed to offer any progress at all in further talks this week over the guards and drivers safety dispute:



Please check out our new pages featuring a selection of links to interesting articles from Passenger Transport magazine. They can be accessed via the 'PT magazine' menu button.


"Buses in Crisis, 2017" - A shocking report by the Campaign for Better Transport: www.bettertransport.org.uk/buses-crisis-2017


Joint letter on the Bus Bill published! After many failed attempts to get it in the Times, we finally got it in the Guardian: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/05/local-authority-run-bus-companies-provide-some-of-the-best-services


Newcastle North MP gets on board with bus passengers over Clause 21 of Bus Services Bill.


RMT members vote for action on Arriva Rail North over failure to give assurances on guards - union confirms strike date. Further information at



What has rail franchising achieved?

Transport journalist CHRISTIAN WOLMAR continues the Railway Study Association’s theme for the year as he puts forward his view on privatisation (opens as a PDF).


Proposed cuts and other changes to Stagecoach buses in Newcastle! Stagecoach are holding a public consultation. Please follow the link and give them your views by 24th February: www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/north-east/newcastle-proposed-changes


Let’s talk transport – Re-Newcastle’ – development programme update to Newcastle City Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee (opens as a PDF).


RMT petition: Stop Northern Rail from introducing Driver-Only operation.


Guardian article: European commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches


Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study:






Link for NECA main transport commitee                             www.northeastca.gov.uk/who-we-are/north-east-leadership-board-governance/transportne-members


Link for Tyne & Wear transport sub committee www.northeastca.gov.uk/who-we-are/north-east-leadership-board-governance/tne-sub-members


An ACTION ON RAIL event is taking place at Newcastle Central station on Tuesday 3 January 2017, 8-9.30am. TWPTUG will have its banner out for the event. Contacts on the day are RMT Regional Organiser, Micky Thompson and RMT Newcastle Rail & Catering Branch Secretary, Alan Andros.


Christmas and New year public transport information from Nexus (opens as a PDF).


South Tyneside Council bosses bid to improve hospital bus services in response to South Tyneside PTUG's petition.