Focus of work

North East Public Transport Users Group is a grassroots organisation built to campaign for integrated, sustainable, and accessible transport in North East England. This funding will help them to expand their organisation to develop campaigns in Northumberland and Durham, two largely rural counties with very different transport pressures from urban Tyne and Wear where they have focussed to date. The group has been building connections with campaigners fighting bus cuts in isolated villages, other campaigning for improved rail services on the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland, those working for better access for wheelchair users on the Tyne and Wear Metro, and groups looking to better integrate cycling into their Metro system. They now wish to capitalise on these efforts to bring together activists on targeted campaigns in the new North East mayoral authority. North East Public Transport Users Group will use the funding to rebuild their web presence to give a comprehensive and professional place for local people and politicians to access information on the benefits of (re)integrated and publicly-controlled transport in the region. The group will also use the funding to run a one day ‘Transport Boot Camp’ event to bring together, in person, transport campaigners from across the region in a central Newcastle location for a whole Saturday. This will, through a series of talks and workshops, identify campaign priorities, build new alliances, and set them on a road to successful campaigns in the run-up to the mayoral elections in 2024.

Impact

The funding will:

  • Bring together transport-related campaigners across North East England
  • Develop a platform to work with the new North East Mayor to improve sustainable transport across the region
  • Provide a springboard for wider campaigns on franchised bus services, integrated ticketing, improved active travel access, and awareness raising on air pollution and decarbonisation.
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