Have your say on transport plans

A JOINT strategy covering both road and rail public transport has been published by Northumberland County Council for the first time.

And residents have the chance to comment on the draft Public Transport Strategy which will set out plans for 2011 to 2016.

All county councillors, town and parish councils, relevant user groups, voluntary organisations and public transport operators are among those who will be sent a copy of the proposals.

It follows what passengers should expect when using public transport in Northumberland, meaning it is vital that local communities and everyone with a stake in public transport tells the county council their views.

Coun Isabel Hunter, executive member responsible for infrastructure and environment, said: “This is a comprehensive strategy which sets out our plans for public transport in the county for the next five years. We are asking everyone with an interest in public transport in Northumberland to share their views on it with us.

“While we may not be able to put all suggestions into action because of limited available funds, we still want to hear from you.”

The strategy outlines how bus and rail services in Northumberland will be provided over the next five years. It clarifies how the council expects to work with transport operators and communities to meet the needs of the county’s residents, commuters and visitors.

The consultation draft of the Northumberland County Council Public Transport Strategy 2011-16 can be viewed on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk or you can obtain a copy by ringing 0845 6006400.