Forum to hear views on public transport

The North Tyneside Transport Forum will be discussing public transport in the borough, including the Metro system.
The North Tyneside Transport Forum will be discussing public transport in the borough, including the Metro system.

Residents are preparing to share their ideas on public transport in North Tyneside.

The North Tyneside Transport Forum is looking to hear people’s thoughts, one year on from its first meeting.

Public transport operators and local organisations attend the forum, which gives people a chance to share constructive feedback on public transport and promote the use of public transport and its links with cycling and walking.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 23, from 6pm to 8pm at North Shields Customer First Centre, Northumberland Square, North Shields.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, said: “Whether it’s getting to work or school, visiting friends and relatives or heading for North Tyneside’s coast and visitor attractions, public transport plays a vital role in getting people around the borough.

“This forum is an excellent way of helping us to shape a public transport service that really meets the needs of the borough, and I hope residents will take this chance to share their views.”

Each year, people in North Tyneside make more than 11 million bus journeys and more than 7 million trips on the Tyne and Wear Metro, while many more use local taxi services and the Shields Ferry.

Since the Forum first met last year, its meetings have discussed topics including smart ticketing, engaging with young people about public transport, train services on the East Coast main line, and public transport information.

There are also opportunities at each meeting to raise public transport-related matters for future discussion.