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Old July 23rd, 2014, 11:15 AM   #41
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Commons inquiry backs North East councils in row with bus operators

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Commons inquiry backs North East councils in row with bus operators
Jul 23, 2014 06:30 By Jonathan Walker


The Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle

An influential Commons inquiry has backed controversial proposals to give councils control of bus services in the North East.

The Commons Transport Committee said it welcomed plans to introduce “quality contracts” across the region, allowing local authorities to decide where services should run and how often. This could give people in isolated communities access to public transport - improving their job prospects and ability to obtain training and healthcare, the MPs said.

The North East Combined Authority is to make a decision on whether to press ahead with quality contracts, which are already in use in London, later this year. But the potential change is bitterly opposed by bus companies. Earlier this week Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, told The Journal that the plans were “unworkable, unaffordable and totally impractical”. Fellow bus operator Stagecoach also opposes the idea. Quality contracts involve local authorities setting out details of the service they want bus operators to offer, and then inviting firms to bid for the right to run the franchise.

In an interview with The Journal last year, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin attacked North East councils over the plans, urging them to “work with the bus operators” instead of fighting them.

But the Transport Committee took a very different view in its report on passenger transport in isolated communities, which followed a seven-month inquiry. A majority of the committee’s members are MPs from the governing Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. The chair is Labour MP Louise Ellman.

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What are everyone's thoughts on the planned improvements to Central and Monument stations? Eventually they will closely resemble Haymarket's modernisation.

My thoughts are that Central, while old-fashioned and very 'disco', does not need modernising. It's still in excellent nick.

However, Monument certainly does need top to bottom makeover. For being Newcastle's 'premier' city centre station it doesn't 'alf look manky now - dirty even. And there looks and smells like there is a water/drainage issue in various areas.

Intrigued to know everyone's thoughts on this.

Manors? Still in good nick. A few decent bright lights and it's a fine station.
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Fresh protests planned in North East against the re-privatisation of East Coast mainline

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Fresh protests planned in North East against the re-privatisation of East Coast mainline
Aug 04, 2014 14:47 By Mike Kelly



A fresh round of protests against the re-privatisation of the East Coast mainline are being planned after it emerged it has paid £235m back to the Government this year.

The figure means that since the line returned to public hands after the collapse of the privately run National Express franchise in 2009, it has generated £1bn in revenue for public coffers. Despite this, the re-privatisation process will see a new franchise bidder chosen in November. It will then take over its running from Directly Operated Railways in March next year.

Rail union RMT said the £235m figure, an increase of 12% on last year, makes a mockery of the Government’s plans to “bulldoze through a re-privatisation before the next election”. It says the Government is ignoring the financial and operational success of DOR and the “catastrophic impact of two previous private sector failures on the line”. The RMT pointed out that the short-listed bidders for the re-privatisation included other European state rail operators, notably Keolis which is tied in with the French state railways. This proves once again that the Government are happy to have state control of our main inter-city routes as long as it’s not the British state,” said an RMT spokesman. He added: “We’re looking to organise a whole range of protests at stations on the East Coast mainline, including those in the North East.”

Meanwhile RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash commented: “It is a national disgrace that the Government are continuing with their plans to bulldoze through the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite the latest figures showing that it is handing massive sums back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction.

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£15bn plan to revolutionise transport in Newcastle and the North

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£15bn plan to revolutionise transport in Newcastle and the North

Aug 05, 2014 06:30 By Mike Kelly



Cities in the North have come up with their own £15bn plan to revolutionise Britain’s transport system in a report to be presented to Chancellor George Osborne today.

The 15-year investment plan, designed to complement the HS2 proposals, are designed to maximise economic growth across the North, boost transport links and help rebalance the national economy. The report, One North: A Proposition for an Interconnected North, is the result of an alliance between Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield. It says the main problem facing the North’s railway system is its “Victorian infrastructure” which they are seeking to put right through calls for massive investment. It was put together in response to a challenge set out by HS2 chairman, Sir David Higgins in his original report HS2 Plus, and the Chancellor in his Northern Powerhouse speech on June 23. In it, Mr Osborne said: “The cities of the North together can be greater than the sum of their parts.”

The report’s authors say that, if their proposals were adopted, they could deliver benefits for the whole of the North of England, including up to 150% additional capacity on roads and as much as 55% faster journey times on a faster, more frequent interconnected rail network.

Newcastle City Council chief executive Pat Ritchie said: “One North is a demonstration that the great Northern cities can work together to shape transport plans which would transform the economic competitiveness of the north - linking people to jobs, goods to customers and our businesses to international markets. Ensuring that Newcastle and the North East are part of an integrated approach to transport is essential to delivering our vision for economic growth in the region.”

The report suggests:

* A new trans-Pennine route and a faster route to Newcastle to provide additional capacity and better connectivity for its economy;

* Growing airports and expanding routes in the North, including Newcastle;

* A new rail line using faster trains between Newcastle and the Darlington area designed to save 10 minutes journey time.

* Speeding up and making more reliable services to London from Newcastle on the East Coast mainline before HS2 is completed;

* Have HS2 services extended northwards from Newcastle to Edinburgh;

* New cross city services considered including routes from Newcastle to Northumberland.

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Remember When: Tyne & Wear Metro opened in 1980

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Remember When: Tyne & Wear Metro opened in 1980
Aug 08, 2014 18:13 By Emily Meritt



On this day in 1980, the Tyne and Wear Metro was officially opened. 2014 is the 175th anniversary of the line it runs on.

Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums have shared some fantastic pictures of the making of the Tyne & Wear Metro System which you can see by clicking through the gallery above.

Were you among those who took an early journey on the trains in summer 1980? Share your memories of early journeys on the Metro with us by commenting below, tweet them to us @EveningChron or share them on our Facebook page.

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Old August 19th, 2014, 12:18 PM   #46
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Shortlist for Northern and Trans Pennine franchises announced:


Northern:
Abellio Northern Ltd
Arriva Rail North Limited
Govia Northern Limited
TransPennine Express:
First Trans Pennine Express Limited
Keolis Go-Ahead Limited
Stagecoach Trans Pennine Express Trains Limited


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/s...ators-revealed
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More misery for rail users in the North East after yet more fare increases announced

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More misery for rail users in the North East after yet more fare increases announced
Aug 19, 2014 13:58 By nechronicle Administrator



Rail passengers in the North East face yet another increase in their fares.

Fares will increase by 3.5% from January next year. The Government calculated the increase by adding 1% to July’s retail price index increase of 2.5%.

Thousands of commuters were met by a TUC campaign at Newcastle Central Station this morning which saw postcards handed out to commuters, urging them to post them to the Government opposing the planned increase. Micky Thompson, regional organiser for the RMT Union in the North East, said: “The campaign was well received by the travelling public who will hopefully put pressure on the Government to think sensibly about the impact on struggling familie. This is one thing that affects everybody - one thing we’ve found frustrating is that despite high profile campaigning it appears that those in Government are taking no notice.”

Mr Thompson said TUC figures show rail fares have increased by 24.9% since 2010, but average earnings for the same period are said to have risen by just 10.7%. He added: “The last thing the travelling public can afford is further expense, something has got to give. The Government says it wants to consult families on policies because they realise the impact, yet the with rail fares they have not.”

Fares between Darlington and Newcastle could increase by £78.68 for a 12-month ticket, a weekly ticket would increase by £1.97, and one month ticket would increase by £7.56. From Durham to Newcastle, 12-month fares would increase by £41.44, a weekly ticket would increase by £1.04 and a monthly ticket would increase by £3.98. The cost of a year pass between Morpeth and Newcastle could go up by £36.40, while a weekly ticket would increase by 91p and a monthly ticket would increase by £3.50.

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Government backtracks on plans to dump Northern Rail 'Pacer' trains

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Government backtracks on plans to dump Northern Rail 'Pacer' trains
Aug 26, 2014 16:00 By Mike Kelly



The Government has been slammed for backtracking on its pledge to get rid of ‘cattle truck’ Pacer trains which operate across the North East.

The dilapidated vehicles, some of which are 30 years old, were to be replaced as part of the new franchise for local lines due to be introduced by 2016. But in an apparent U-turn, the Department for Transport (DfT) has now said the Pacers could be “modernised” instead, to keep them running for at least another decade. In a Commons debate earlier this year, then-rail minister Stephen Hammond had said: “We expect to ask bidders for the Northern franchise to put forward proposals for the removal of Pacers from the area.”

The Pacers were originally introduced as a stop-gap in the mid-1980s and consist of a bus body mounted on a freight wagon chassis. Passengers have long complained they are noisy, cold and uncomfortable with a tendency to break down.

The U-turn is reportedly being considered because the new trains may not all be ready for 2020, when the 90 remaining Pacers will in violation of disability discrimination laws. The news comes after it was revealed most rail fares across the country will rise between 3.5% and 5.5% in January largely to fund better, more comfortable trains. To add to the Government’s embarrassment, Chancellor George Osborne has made transforming the down-at-heel Northern rail network a personal priority to help turn the region into a ‘Northern Powerhouse’’.

The Campaign for Better Transport said it was “ludicrous” to contemplate re-fitting the Pacers – especially when billions are being spent on new trains for the Thameslink and CrossRail routes, in London.

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Report backs proposals for London-style travel network across Tyne and Wear

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Report backs proposals for London-style travel network across Tyne and Wear
Aug 31, 2014 12:58 By Will Metcalfe



Proposals to introduce a London-style travel network across Tyne and Wear have been backed by a report.

The report from the Institute of Public Policy Research has identified the North East as having had amongst the biggest fall in the number of people using buses since the 1980s - with the report claiming some of the poorest people across the UK forced to turn to taxis because bus operators are not reliable enough. The report said cities should adopt a Transport for London style transport network to ensure good value for money and solid service.

A consultation over a proposed Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne and Wear, which would see a similar system to the Transport for London set up put in place which would see all five councils able to set bus routes, times and fares.

The reports authors have backed calls to introduce the QCS scheme. The report said: “The lack of strategic funding and policy means that poorer people, who are less likely to own cars, take more taxi journeys than any other group. This situation has been exacerbated by the cutting of services particularly in rural areas, especially where there is no statutory and less political protection for passengers. To improve this situation it should be easier for LTAs to take on regulatory powers over bus routes, services and fares. The QCS test should therefore be simplified to a requirement that the relevant LTA satisfies itself that the QCS is ‘justified’. In the longer term, funding and power over transport policy should be further devolved to regional transport bodies modelled on TfL.”

In 1979 there were a total of 293,400,000 journeys in Tyne and Wear but by 2013 the number of journeys taken on our regions buses had fallen to 134,976,000.

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South Tyneside Metro stations set for revamp and re-branding - Bede & others on 02/09/14, Part 1 of 2

Following on from posts 4112 - 4113 of 16/07/14 and last post # 4135 on 08/08/14

These pictures by myself Tuesday 02/09/14 approx 1155 - 1200 when in the area to get pictures of projects in Hebburn & South Shields area, to show current state of Bede station refurbishment - repainting well advanced, new areas of safety surfacing now in place to level areas of ramped areas, new finish to staircases and safety works now done at platform edge

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South Tyneside Metro stations set for revamp and re-branding - Bede & others on 02/09/14, Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

These pictures by myself Tuesday 02/09/14 approx 1155 - 1200 when in the area to get pictures of projects in Hebburn & South Shields area, to show current state of Bede station refurbishment - repainting well advanced, new areas of safety surfacing now in place to level areas of ramped areas, new finish to staircases and safety works now done at platform edge

Platform 2 (to city)








Refurbishment work at Hebburn and Jarrow looks very similar to what was there on 08/08/14 hence no pictures

Painters have been out at Simonside Station was majority of metal fences etc now painted black - no pictures

South Shields station has the "painters in today" but not getting the "black paint" treatment









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Three Metro ticket offices are to close permanently next month

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Three Metro ticket offices are to close permanently next month
Sep 03, 2014 06:30 By Will Metcalfe



Three Metro ticket offices are to close next month as part of cost saving cuts.

Nexus, the firm which operates the service, confirmed Monument, Four Lane Ends and Heworth Metro stations will all lose their ticket offices from October 4 reducing its total of manned ticket offices from nine to six.

The company said Monument was selected for closure in Newcastle city centre both because it is the least accessible shop for people with disabilities, and because the shops at Central and Haymarket are important to visitor and student markets respectively. Newcastle city centre will still be served by two travel shops located at Haymarket Metro station and at the Central Station Metro concourse.

The decision to close shops follows consultation with customers, community representatives and access groups during the spring, as well as extensive consultation with staff. A Nexus spokesman said 97 per cent of weekly Metro tickets are purchased from ticket machines rather than travel shops and the company has rolled out its Pop Card service at more than 400 shops across Tyne and Wear.

Bernard Garner, director general of Nexus, said: “We have worked closely with staff and unions and have avoided making any compulsory redundancies. The vast majority of the staff have already been redeployed to other roles or have taken voluntary redundancy. Six other Travel Shops we run in Tyne and Wear will remain open, and these are at Central Station, Gateshead, Haymarket and North Shields Metro stations, South Shields town centre and Sunderland Park Lane Interchange. The closures are due to the changing way that people are buying and making their journeys as we continue to roll out smart travel on the Pop card. As a responsible public body, which is funded by local taxpayers, we had to respond to this and examine what changes to our retail structure were required. Travel Shops require a public subsidy to run and this cost to us increases as sales over the counter decline. A public consultation held earlier this year indicated closing three shops will not have a significant impact on passengers, but we are providing clear information on alternatives to those people directly affected.”
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Three Metro ticket offices are to close permanently next month

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Three Metro ticket offices are to close permanently next month
Sep 03, 2014 06:30 By Will Metcalfe



Three Metro ticket offices are to close next month as part of cost saving cuts.

Nexus, the firm which operates the service, confirmed Monument, Four Lane Ends and Heworth Metro stations will all lose their ticket offices from October 4 reducing its total of manned ticket offices from nine to six.

The company said Monument was selected for closure in Newcastle city centre both because it is the least accessible shop for people with disabilities, and because the shops at Central and Haymarket are important to visitor and student markets respectively. Newcastle city centre will still be served by two travel shops located at Haymarket Metro station and at the Central Station Metro concourse.

The decision to close shops follows consultation with customers, community representatives and access groups during the spring, as well as extensive consultation with staff. A Nexus spokesman said 97 per cent of weekly Metro tickets are purchased from ticket machines rather than travel shops and the company has rolled out its Pop Card service at more than 400 shops across Tyne and Wear.

Bernard Garner, director general of Nexus, said: “We have worked closely with staff and unions and have avoided making any compulsory redundancies. The vast majority of the staff have already been redeployed to other roles or have taken voluntary redundancy. Six other Travel Shops we run in Tyne and Wear will remain open, and these are at Central Station, Gateshead, Haymarket and North Shields Metro stations, South Shields town centre and Sunderland Park Lane Interchange. The closures are due to the changing way that people are buying and making their journeys as we continue to roll out smart travel on the Pop card. As a responsible public body, which is funded by local taxpayers, we had to respond to this and examine what changes to our retail structure were required. Travel Shops require a public subsidy to run and this cost to us increases as sales over the counter decline. A public consultation held earlier this year indicated closing three shops will not have a significant impact on passengers, but we are providing clear information on alternatives to those people directly affected.”
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Northern Rail evening rail commuters facing ticket price increases

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Northern Rail evening rail commuters facing ticket price increases
Sep 08, 2014 13:29 By Adam Luke



North East rail users face fare hikes after some off-peak fares were axed yesterday.

The price rises affect a number of evening services run by Northern Rail, including those in the region. The increases, which were announced in the summer, came into effect a day after Chancellor George Osborne announced he was knocking 1% off the January 2015 national commuter fare rise for England, meaning regulated fares such as season tickets will be going up by 2.5% rather than the planned 3.5% next year.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) said the changes would see a return ticket from Hexham to Newcastle jumping from £3.55 to £7.10. But Northern Rail disputed the CBT figures, saying the Hexham to Newcastle fare was rising from £7.10 to £7.90, representing an increase of 11%.

Nevertheless, Northern Rail’s changes have been fiercely criticised by rail unions and campaign groups. The RMT union is marking the rise by launching a new wave of protests against plans for the new Northern franchise and also for the new franchise for TransPennine Express, which links the region with the North West. The union says the rises are “a kick in the teeth for the travelling public” and a “taste of what’s around the corner under the new franchises”.

And the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) said the Northern Rail rises would hit part-time and shift workers worst. Martin Abrams, CBT public transport campaigner, said: “This fare increase threatens to make rail travel unaffordable to tens of thousands of part-time workers. Despite Government promises, there are no flexible tickets for the increasing numbers who work part time or anything other than traditional nine-to-five hours. Their only option is to pay for individual tickets, which will now be double the price on Northern Rail’s most popular routes.”

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The so called Bodysnatchers where only the shell is original. However, it is a tribute to the durability of these designs, particularly the 20s, that they are hauling nuclear flasks.
If I recall correctly, the Metro trains were built with an outdated traction package compared to the Stadtbahnwagen B cars being built at the same time, in order to keep costs down.

I'm not sure if it would make economic sense to replace the motors, as I'd imagine they would have to replace/update the rest of the traction/control system as well.

A side note, looking at the RAIB report regarding the South Gosforth fire again, I can't help but wonder if the Metro's DC system is a bit of a kludge. Given the historic substation fires, overcurrent detection failures and the uncertainty over the exact cause of the line breaker fires, I wonder if an AC system should have been chosen (or perhaps a more resilient DC system).
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Street trams and new South Tyneside station on Metro wishlist

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Street trams and new South Tyneside station on Metro wishlist
10th September 2014


ALL CHANGE ... a Metro train today, left, and how they could look in the future, right.

PLANS for the development of the Metro system in South Tyneside over the next 20 years could include street trams and a new station.

Metro operator Nexus’s “aspirations” for the transport system of the future were presented to members of the council’s Place Select Committee yesterday. The findings follow a consultation with various bodies – including South Tyneside Council – to consider the way forward.

One of the aspirations which could be pursued – if it proves justified in terms of costs and benefits – is linking the Metro system in South Tyneside with the planned £50m advanced international manufacturing park, being planned for land north of Nissan, off the A19 at West Boldon. The move could be vital, as many of the 10,000 workers to be based at the park travel there from our borough. Also being considered is the creation of street-running trams, which would travel from Harton, through Cleadon and on to Seaburn and Doxford Park. Also on the wish list is the dualling of the track between Pelaw and Bede, and the creation of a new Metro station between Hebburn and Pelaw.

Huw Lewis, head of communications with Nexus, outlined recent improvements to the system. He said: “In South Tyneside we have seen the new ticket machines put in. We have ticket gates already at South Shields, which will be staffed much more heavily between now and Christmas. We’re going to put a second line of gates at Chichester, which is a great benefit in reducing fraud and anti-social behaviour, and is paying off in terms of the extra revenue it is bringing in. In terms of the heavy engineering, the work in South Tyneside, although you may not be conscious of it all, includes Hebburn, Jarrow and Bede stations, which are being refurbished this summer. There is also an awful lot of work behind the scenes on tracks, cables and refurbishing the fleet of trains.” Mr Lewis said Nexus was also working alongside South Tyneside Council on an integrated transport interchange at the heart of South Shields Town Centre – which forms part of the local authority’s 365 regeneration vision.

Committee chairman Coun Nancy Maxwell said: “I am a Hebburn councillor and Hebburn has the longest stretch of track – between Hebburn and Pelaw – without a station, and we also have no disabled access at Hebburn or Jarrow. These are really important issues to address.” Coun Peter Boyack, who represents Whitburn on the council, asked if there was any consideration in the latest strategy for Metro to be extended to his ward. He was informed there was no such current plan. Coun Sherie Murphy asked if the recent investement in Metro was the result of underinvestment in the past. Mr Lewis said Nexus was now benefiting from the security of funding being granted over a longer period – rather than on a year-to-year basis as in the past.
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North East councils win cash for for 'greener' buses on Tyneside streets

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North East councils win cash for for 'greener' buses on Tyneside streets
Sep 10, 2014 19:00 By Mike Kelly


Go North East's Cobalt Clipper bus

Buses on Tyneside are to be turned into green machines thanks to Formula One technology coupled with a Government grant.

Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils have received £472,000 after putting together a successful bid to The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund on behalf of the North East Combined Authority. It will pay for modifications to public service vehicles that will reduce by 25% the amount of exhaust fumes emitted into the air in our towns and cities.

The cash will help adapt a fleet of 30 buses belonging to Go North East who are also putting over £600,000 into the project. The vehicles will operate from Newcastle city centre to Blyth in the North and Sunderland in the south.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Coun Nick Forbes, who has lead responsibility for transport on the North East Combined Authority, said: “This investment means the North East leads the way on introducing greener vehicles onto our local roads. The new technology will improve fuel efficiency while reducing exhaust emissions which means less pollution in the atmosphere and cleaner air for everyone. This is an imaginative project which will bring real health benefits while supporting skilled jobs in environmental technologies and boosting economic growth.”

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Paul Watson added: “Working together with our local government and regional partners, we are continuing the technological and infrastructure developments needed to reduce emissions and improve our environment and air quality. “This latest funding acknowledges the progress being made in our region, and adds to the significant investments we have all made to encouraging and creating a more sustainable and effective transport system.”

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Old September 24th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #58
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To compliment NH Diversion series I have just come across this document about 'Motorways and Transport Planning in Newcastle'

It goes to lengths to explain why certain central motorways were built and some not. It also takes into account the decision making on whether public transport is a more viable option than having a car, and predicts the need for a motorway becoming obsolete due to world oil peaking in the 1980's.

A very good read and a document which can be placed before the 'Diversion' series about motorway and transport planning in Newcastle.

Look out for the references to other articles which would be great if people can find them.

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/asset..._upon_tyne.pdf
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"The Yellow Buses of Newcastle" - PHOTOS
As well as - The Yellow Buses of the "Tyneside PTE" and the "Tyne & Wear PTE".


Part ONE.


The PURPOSE of this series is to try to come up with the "Definitive Record" (something this forum now does so well, for many subjects) of photographs of our Yellow Buses and Trolleybuses, to hopefully become the prime source of reference on the internet on the subject. This is another reason why I have chosen to use the 'Historic Newcastle' thread for this, as this thread is one of the most viewed threads around the SSC world (within SSC) as well as usually featuring highly in most 'Google-type Searches' about the subjects and topics that it covers.

As can be seen in the below extract from the Forum Alphabetical Subject INDEX Thread, we have already accumulated over the lifetime of the forum since 2009, a fair few posts (full of photos and information) on the subject of this series, "The Yellow Buses of Newcastle".

The purpose of this short series of posts will be to 'pull together' the best parts of some of those pre-existing posts, but mainly to include a whole new series of photos of our Yellow Buses, that have been recently shown on one of the "Facebook" photos-groups.

This Facebook Group is called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and while I will give credit to the origins of those photos by posting a link to the Group Page on Facebook, my understanding is that this is a "Closed Group" so to view those photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

Before we start then, for information here is the current state of play as currently recorded on the Index Thread (under "T" for 'Transport' as well as under "Y" for 'Yellow Buses and Trolleybuses') on this subject . . .

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YELLOW BUSES (INC. TROLLEYBUSES) OF NEWCASTLE CORPORATION, TYNESIDE PTE AND TYNE & WEAR PTE . . .
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Advert for Newcastle Transport Buses - The "City's Lifeline"
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=665
Atlanteans - A 1960s/70s Atlantean Bus, in Yellow PTE colours, still in use today (in 2012)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=820
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Beamish Museum - The Newcastle Trolleybus (number 501) at Beamish Museum, and on loan at Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=218
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2586
Byker Depot in 1948 - Lots of Trolleybuses all lined up in the Depot
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3293
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3297
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Crash - Benwell Lane Trolleybus Crash in 1959 - Newspaper Cutting and photo
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2530
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Forty Years of Buses in Newcastle - A BOOK by Eric Hutchinson
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=118
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Logo - Tyne and Wear Transport and Tyne and Wear County Council, combined
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=668
M
Model Trolleybus at Discovery Museum (formerly in the Museum of Science & Engineering in Exhibition Park)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1121
Morden Street Bust Station/Depot - Lots of PTE Buses parked up there
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=163
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Northumberland Street at Christmas 1976 - A "massive queue" of yellow buses
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2815
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Paintings of Yellow Trolleybuses - By Peter J Rodgers (2011 Exhibition)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=207
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Trolley Buses of Newcastle upon Tyne 1935-1966 - A BOOK by T P Canneaux and N H Hanson
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=122
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Videos - Newcastle trolleybuses in action back in the 1950s/1960s
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=265
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=865
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3248
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Website - Newcastle Trolleybus Picture Gallery (Link to Website)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=729
Y
Yellow Buses - PHOTOS and paintings of the 'Yellow Buses and Trolleybuses of Newcastle'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2558
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=927
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3247

The next part of this series ('Part Two') will start off with some of the pre-existing photos of our Yellow Buses that are already on the forum, from within the above list of links. Here is a "taster" from one of the above pre-existing links . . .



Source - http://rayjacksonart.co.uk/index.html

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Part TWO.


The first part of my planned series of photos of the above was posted as far back as August 4th. I have delayed this 'Part Two' as I didn't want to disturb the flow of any of the other interesting discussions that were taking place on this thread, particularly those about all those "Cloth Market Lanes, Alleys and Burgage Plots".

The purpose of this series is to try to come up with the "Definitive Record" (something this forum now does so well, for many subjects) of photographs of our Yellow Buses and Trolleybuses, to hopefully become the prime source of reference on the internet on the subject. In this short series of posts I will try to 'pull together' the best parts of some of the pre-existing posts from previous years on this forum, but after that to include a whole new series of photos of our Yellow Buses. These new photos have been recently shown on a "Facebook" photos-group called "Old Photos of Newcastle upon Tyne", and while I will give credit to the origins of those photos by posting a link to the Group Page on Facebook, my understanding is that this is a "Closed Group" so to view those photos on there you need to be a member of the group.

So, here are some photos of our Yellow Buses that have been seen previously on this forum . . .

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Many of the above were taken by me, others are from books reviewed on the BOOKS Thread.

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September 3rd 2012.

Wouldn't it be great if Newcastle buses could be yellow again (as in my mind's eye they still are)? When London deregulated they got all sorts of odd liveries, but soon insisted on 90% (or the such like) red.

Yellow was a very distinctive colour for buses and made pictures of Newcastle instantly recognizable. Red (Northern or United style) could be used outside the city (though South Shields blue might have a claim).



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November 8th 2012.

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Another GREAT (atmospheric, nostalgic and historic) "Newcastle Yellow Trolley Buses" photo . . .




Sadly, you'll just have to 'imagine' the yellow!!

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AND FINALLY (for 'Part Two') another photo where you will need to imagine the yellow, but worth showing, I think . . .


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April 13th 2012.

I love the below photo of Northumberland Street (can you recognise it?) from an old issue of 'CityLife', showing the street as it was for a short period of years in the 1970s. That photo really represents the era (to me) particularly at busy pre-Christmas times, when this photo was taken.

During that period, which was from 1971 onwards, pedestrianisation of Northumberland Street had started, after it had ceased to be part of the main North/South A1 road. This was discussed here . . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2241

Buses were still allowed in the street, in a Southbound direction only, hence this photo from Christmas 1976 . . .


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