Go NE saves Quaylink
Go North East has agreed to fund the Quaylink bus service following a decision for its council funding to be withdrawn. Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council and Lead Chief Executive on Transport for the North East Combined Authority (NECA), announced the city council is withdrawing its funding for the service. This follows a similar announcement from Gateshead Council, which also part funds the current service. The route links the Baltic, Sage, Gateshead College and St Peter’s Basin with Newcastle city centre and Gateshead Interchange.
MD of Go North East, Kevin Carr, said, ‘With all our local authorities facing a funding crisis and some considering increasing council taxes, it’s inevitable that front-line services – including those buses funded by councils – will be hit. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to come up with a plan that will continue to provide a seven-day-a-week bus service to such an important part of Newcastle and Gateshead. But this must bring in to question the Combined Authority’s view that bus services are best controlled by local authorities – if they can’t guarantee a service as important as this, how can they guarantee improvements to the bus network?’