New forum to discuss public transport link

A new forum will be held to give residents a chance to share their ideas on public transport.

Residents put forward the suggestion to set up North Tyneside Transport Forum to enable people to share constructive feedback on public transport.

North Tyneside Council and its partners have agreed to pilot the initiative, initially four times a year, working with Nexus and Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group (PTUG).

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, from 6pm to 8pm, at North Shields Customer First Centre in Northumberland Square, North Shields.

It will include a presentation from Nexus on its ‘Metro Strategy’ and a discussion about the introduction of gates and smart technology on local transport.

There will also be opportunities to highlight other matters for future discussion.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, said: “The new forum offers an additional opportunity for the public to find out about the latest developments in public transport, share ideas and suggestions and get involved in encouraging people to use public transport.”

Kevin Flynn, of Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group (PTUG), said: “Public transport is crucial for many people, whether it’s getting to work or to the shops, and encouraging people to use it instead of the car helps reduce pollution which causes climate change.

“I look forward to local residents coming along to the forum to exchange their ideas about public transport and help to promote public transport use.”