Monday, 28 July 2014
Commons support for Tyne & Wear regulation / Reading legacy
The cross-party Commons Transport Committee has expressed support for the local councils of Tyne and Wear, in their bid to regulate their county's buses in the same way that London manages its routes. The Journal reminds us that the big bus groups in the region are against the idea. Towards the end of the article, Northumberland County Council says it wants more routes diverting from main roads to serve isolated villages. Their apparent desire for less direct, more convoluted and time-consuming routes might well turn more people off the idea.
Get Reading gives a good send off to James Freeman of Reading Buses, who departs for First Bristol in September. He's credited with turning the company around and introducing separate colours for each route with all buses running in the appropriate route colour. A taste of things to come in Bristol maybe?