A manifesto for transport in North East

An Arriva bus in rural Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman
An Arriva bus in rural Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland County 
Council’s cabinet has endorsed the Transport Manifesto, which sets out the North East’s high-level ambitions.

It is part of the transport plan for the region which the North East Combined Authority (NECA) must produce.

The manifesto is based around four principles with a future transport system being easy to use; reliable; affordable; and accessible.

Coun Jeff Reid said: “It’s motherhood and apple pie, all we need is the custard. There’s nothing any of us can be against, but let’s hope that at some point we see some money for it.”

Coun Allan Hepple, who is part of the NECA transport board told members that it had been agreed that an element of rural proofing will be included as part of the manifesto.

In terms of Northumberland, the manifesto’s aim would include: Improving walking and cycling links within and between communities in both rural and urban areas; good network coverage of bus services reflecting local needs with simple, good value and integrated fares backed by smart payment technology; new stations on the local rail network improving public transport accessibility to job and essential services; improving long-distance rail connections from market towns in the county; making journeys easier through smart technology and information provision; ensuring our ports can support new developments and innovation; an expanded offer of destinations from Newcastle International Airport; an efficient, safe and sustainable freight sector; supporting existing proposals to improve the road network including the A69 and A1 in Northumberland.