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 Expression of Interest is available here.

Transport North East has been invited to prepare a business case for funding from the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Regional Areas programme. To be submitted in January 2022, if successful 73 electric vehicles could be operating within the region, as part of a phased approach to transform the region’s bus fleet. This investment will be targeted at:

  • Coast Road Corridor; Serving Newcastle, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland,
  • A167 Corridor, Newcastle, Gateshead, Chester-Le- Street and Durham City Centre.
  • Consett; Serving the communities of Consett, Derwent Valley and Durham;
  • Durham Park and Ride: Includes services from four park and ride sites, part of a package to improve public transport use and improve air quality; and
  • Hexham: Centred on Hexham, also serving Allendale, East Tynedale, Haltwhistle, Mid Tyne, Ponteland and Prudhoe as well as parts of Cumbria and Tyne & Wear. It would serve towns and villages and connect to the World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Equalities Impact Assessment Survey

As part of the development of our business case, Transport North East is undertaking an Equalities Impact Assessment. The purpose of which is to examine all effects of investment in zero emissions technologies.

We are keen to hear the views of all stakeholders via the survey below:

The survey will take approximately 10 -30mins to complete and all data is anonymised and stored securely.

The survey will be open until Friday 17th December. If you would like this information in another format, please get in email

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Projects & Campaigns

Active Travel Campaign, ‘Go Smarter, Go Active’
In parts of the North East cycling is up between 5%-120%, and active travel is more popular than ever as people keep up their new love of walking and cycling post lockdown.
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.
North East Bus Enhanced Partnership
Our bus network is a vital part of our public transport system which is hugely important to our local economy, society and environment.