Current News / Campaigns
The Economist: Europe is edging towards making post-car cities a reality
Newcastle Disability Forum, in conjunction with the local bus companies, are holding an Accessible Bus Day on Saturday 14th September at the RVI. Please see poster for details.
TransportNetwork article - Burnham jumps aboard franchising bus
TransportNetwork article - Road run-off pollution killing London's rivers
Listen to Alistair Ford's interview on Radio 5 Live, broadcast on 7th March, discussing latest proposals for T&W to cut air pollution. Alistair is the Media Officer on TWPTUG's Management Committee. Interview is at 1h 45mins into the programme. You will need a BBC account to listen to the program. Easy to register if you haven't got one. Many thanks also to Alistair for his efforts!
Listen to Wendy Gascoigne's interview on Radio Tyneside, with Yvonne Bell, broadcast on 7th March, telling people about the work of PTUG in South Tyneside and beyond. Wendy is the Chair of STPTUG. Many thanks to Wendy for promoting PTUG! We are also grateful to Radio Tyneside for granting the interview.
Help us save historic Borough Road Bridge in North Shields. We have an online petition which at the time of writing this has just over 250 signatures. We want to get that up to 500! If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to SIGN THE PETITION. Thanks!
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!
"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."
"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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