Final chance to give your views on local bus links

Nexus staff member talks to a customer
20 May 2010

Up to 6,000 people have already taken part in a huge consultation looking at the future of local bus links in Tyne and Wear.

 

And residents in Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead still have time to give their views online until 4 June.

 

Nexus and local councils set up the consultation, to get feedback on the Accessible Bus Network Design Project – a set of proposals to improve the bus services Nexus pays to support across Tyne and Wear.

 

Roadshow events took place across Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead in April and May to allow residents to find out more and give their views on proposals for their communities.

 

Consultation on proposals for North Tyneside is to start in June.

 

More than 600 people have attended more than 30 events at libraries, community centres and other venues.

 

Around 5,000 more people have visited web pages at nexus.org.uk to view interactive maps of the proposed new networks and fill in online feedback forms – and these stay open until 4 June.

 

Nexus and council staff have also given presentations to health trust managers, youth parliaments and groups representing older and disabled residents.

 

The consultation is the largest by Nexus since it built the Metro line to Sunderland which opened in 2002.

 

Tobyn Hughes, Nexus Director of Strategy, said: “The comments we have received have been mainly very positive, and people have not been shy about coming forward with suggestions.

 

“That tells me that buses are really important to local people, they understand what we are trying to achieve and they are supportive of our plans.”

 

The project covers only those bus services which Nexus pays for directly, about 10% of the whole network. Nexus staff has been passing on feedback they get about commercial bus services as they go along.

 

Once consultation is finished Nexus will analyse more than 500 responses from the public already received, before drawing up final network plans to be launched in spring next year.

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