Connected North East: Our Blueprint

Our ‘Connected North East: Our Blueprint’ document forms the basis of ongoing discussions with central government about regional transport and digital connectivity post Covid-19.

Coronavirus has significantly impacted the North East economy in a variety of ways and regional connectivity will undoubtably have a huge part to play in helping the North East bounce back.

The Blueprint provides a clear request to Government for a £1billion package over five years to deliver a connected North East. The Blueprint also requests devolved power, which would allow the region to better integrate our transport services, sustained funding for public transport to operate and also importantly the investment and upgrade of national infrastructure assets which serve our region such as the East Coast Main Line and major roads.

Connected North East: Our Blueprint was a collaborative project brought together by a number of North East partners. Transport North East led on the transport elements with input from the seven North East local authorities. Digital elements within the strategy were led by the North East LEP with input from the seven local authorities and partners.

You can view the full document here.

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Projects & Campaigns

Delivering Zero Emission Buses in the North East
Transport North East working in partnership with Go North East, Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council has been successful in an Expression of Interest to deliver 73 zero emission buses to the streets of the region. The North East’s
Tyne Pass Scheme at the Tyne Tunnels
We are supporting TT2 who are implementing a barrierless open-road tolling scheme at the Tyne Tunnels. The aims of the new scheme are to modernise the payment system, speed up journeys for drivers, and reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion.
North East Bus Partnership
Our bus network is a vital part of our public transport system which is hugely important to our local economy, society and environment. The region has relatively low car ownership, with around 75% of journeys by bus, so it’s clear