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Bridget Phillipson MP celebrates Big Bus Campaign victory

The North East Combined Authority yesterday voted in favour of establishing the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since 1986, ending a four year campaign led by Bridget Phillipson MP.

The decision kicks starts the process set out in the 2000 and 2008 Transport Acts where the proposed scheme will be verified by the QCS Board in Whitehall before implementation. The scheme is due to come into force in early 2017.

The agreement comes after a letter to all North East Combined Authority leaders organised by Bridget Phillipson MP was signed by all twelve MPs in Tyne and Wear.

The letter urged the Combined Authority to vote in favour of establishing a regulated transport system to support jobs and growth in the region.

Speaking after the vote, Bridget Phillipson MP, said:

“I am delighted the North East Combined Authority has voted to introduce the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since the Thatcher government deregulated bus services in 1986.  

“The Quality Contract Scheme Board will now be asked to assess the scheme before it can be brought into force. The bus operators should now respect this democratic decision and work to support passengers."

Victory for better bus services across Tyne and Wear

Bridget Phillipson MP celebrates Big Bus Campaign victory The North East Combined Authority yesterday voted in favour of establishing the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since 1986,...

Bridget Phillipson MP and colleagues call for Quality Contracts for local buses

All twelve Tyne and Wear MPs have written to the members of the North East Combined Authority calling on them to vote in support of establishing the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since 1986.

On Tuesday 21st October, council leaders will be asked to vote to either establish a Quality Contract Scheme or a Voluntary Partnership.

A Quality Contract Scheme will bring £272 million in economic benefits to the region, protect bus routes vital to communities, ensure long-term investment and deliver a simple fare system with Oyster-style smart ticketing.

The bus operators preferred option, a voluntary agreement, would not deliver these changes.

Bridget Phillipson MP, who has been leading the campaign, said:

“Improving our transport network is an important way to support growth and job creation.

I've heard from too many constituents who struggle to get to work, older people who tell me how difficult it can be to get to hospital and residents who are left cut off and isolated on an evening.

"The members of the Combined Authority have a clear choice when they meet on Tuesday.

They can either maintain the status quo where bus operators funnel profits out of our region or support real and lasting change with a Quality Contract Scheme.

If a regulated transport system is good enough for our capital city then it's good enough for the people of Tyne and Wear.”

 

The MPs letter to the North East Combined Authority can be found below:

MPs unite to call for better bus services

Bridget Phillipson MP and colleagues call for Quality Contracts for local buses All twelve Tyne and Wear MPs have written to the members of the North East Combined Authority calling...

Bridget_meets_Youth_Almighty_1.jpgBridget Phillipson MP hosts Youth Almighty group at Parliament.

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson last week welcomed members of the Youth Almighty Project to the House of Commons.

The Sunderland-based project is run by the young people of the city with the help and support of local youth workers and volunteers. It provides young people with a welcome and safe environment to learn new skills and engage in activities together.

It also works in the local community to help young people involved in alcohol abuse, drug abuse and anti-social behaviour.

Members today visited Westminster after accepting an invitation by Bridget Phillipson MP to tour the parliamentary estate and Houses of Parliament.

The visitors, accompanied by the Project Lead Worker and Silksworth Ward Councillor Phil Tye, then held a meeting with Bridget to discuss their visit, their experiences of the project, and to learn more about her work as a Member of Parliament.

Speaking after the visit, Bridget Phillipson MP said:

“It was great to meet members of the Youth Almighty Project today and to discuss my work in Parliament with them.

The young people were very interested in how Parliament works and I hope today’s visit will motivate them to get more involved in the future.

With youth unemployment still a major concern in our area, Youth Almighty’s work to inspire young people and provide them with the skills needed to get into work is absolutely essential.

The team at Youth Almighty are really working hard to bring young people off the streets and into the project centre. I commend Phil and the volunteers for their efforts."

Project Lead Worker and Silksworth Councillor Phil Tye said:  

“It was fantastic to visit Parliament today and I would like to thank Bridget for giving the young people from Youth Almighty the opportunity to learn more about the work of an MP.  

I know that they were really inspired by the tour and our discussion with Bridget. It is important that young people understand how Parliament works, and how decisions made in Westminster can have a direct impact on their lives.

They also wanted to talk about why youth work is so important to them and the difference it makes. Visits such as this also help broaden their horizons and provide them with new perspectives."

Bridget Phillipson MP welcomes Sunderland youth project to Parliament

Bridget Phillipson MP hosts Youth Almighty group at Parliament. Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson last week welcomed members of the Youth Almighty Project to the House of Commons. The...


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