Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director, Transport Operations, NEXUS, discusses, 'NECA’s plans for developing transport in the region'.
There is a minor revolution being implemented in the delivery of local government. Apart from the overarching policy to delegate more authority to Metropolitan Authorities in the North – The Northern Powerhouses – there are other initiatives taking place to create a more integrated and responsive approach to the delivery of services within geographical areas rather than just within these metropolitan authorities. One of these organisations is the North East Combined Authority (NECA).
NECA is one of the six local government institutions of its type as introduced in England outside Greater London by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 – to be created in areas where they are considered likely to improve transport, economic development and regeneration. This combined authority area is the same as the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. It was announced in October 2015 that the Authority would elect a mayor in 2017. NEXUS is NECA's body responsible for providing high quality integrated public transport services through the Tyne and Wear Metro system, Shields Ferry, bus, ticketing and information services.
As Managing Director at NEXUS since November 2014 Tobyn Hughes is also responsible for developing a plan to bring together transport services in the three constituent Counties of Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland which have a combined population of some 2.5 million people. This summer he is conducting a public consultation programme and when he comes to talk to the D Group he will no doubt be looking to use the results in his consideration of the way forward. Tobyn established the first large-scale ITSO smart card scheme on public transport, working collaboratively with transport operators and local authorities across North East England, and led the team that developed the UK’s first bus Quality Contracts Scheme in the UK, which has the potential to transform the local public transport landscape across the country. His views and recommendations on the future arrangements for public transport will have influence and implications of interest to all involved with this sector.
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