I have had a conversation with Peter Huntley, Managing Director of GO North East today. It was a very positive discussion and we got through a few topics of concern for residents in a relatively short space of time.
GO North East has rcently taken over the majority of former Arriva services in the area, namely the 602,604,673, 684, 687, 688, 801, 804 and the x66 (now the X12), the buses on these routes are of a poor standard and are not accessible for disabled people. Peter reassurred me that they are to be replaced this year, eiother by new buses or reallocated buses.
I then asked him about the bus bottlenecks in the area and the Blaydon roundabout was identified as a problem. Peter sees it as a block to quicker bus services (its a block to everything!) in and out of the west of the constiuency. He was hoping that Gateshead council would look at using planning gain money but there has been no progress.
I then asked him about the issue of the teen travel pass. He confirmed that this was a result of Nexus budget cuts, a bit disingenous when they are presenting it as a saving.
Anyway, I would be interested to hear of people bus and other public transport issues. Post below in the comments section.