Traffic commissioner hearings on a potential Tyne and Wear Quality Contracts Scheme got underway today at the Kingston Park rugby ground in Newcastle, and will be wrapped up next week at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
The move has been hailed as potentially ‘revolutionary’ and would allow the North East Combined Authority to map out routes and services rather than letting bus operators decide based on market forces.
A Nexus spokesman said: 'We have prepared our case for bus franchising in Tyne and Wear using the best information available to us. It is now for the QCS Board to examine our proposal in detail and we await its opinion which is due at the end of October.”
To mark the occasion, Transport Network spoke to one of the key architects of a voluntary quality bus partnership arrangement in Hertfordshire, the former registrar of University of Hertfordshire and current chairman of Universitybus Ltd (trading as UNO), Philip Waters.