Julie spoke at a debate on transport in the North East in support of Quality Contracts in the North East.
“They will lead to greater integration, meaning we could see an Oyster card-style system for the north-east…Such a system would rectify issues with tickets not working across different bus operators and ensure that passengers get the best possible price by capping fares, as is the case in London.
“There would be no more chopping and changing of vital services to suit bus operators, but instead a stable bus network that serves local people, with changes taking place only after proper consultation and engagement. There would be higher emissions standards for all vehicles. Quality contracts would ensure that bus services serve isolated communities, and would include the ability to specify such routes as part of the bidding process. All those benefits would come about while ensuring that local authorities get maximum value for money from the contracts.”
The North East Combined Authority is to make a decision on Quality Contracts on 21 October 2014.