Something has shifted! Minds have been moved towards a more integrated transport system. In Newcastle City Council's recent bid to the Cycle City Ambition Fund contained an astonishing statement from Nexus. Taking your bike on Metro trains may not be so fictional any more.
Over the last year the Newcastle Cycling Campaign has been working with a number of other local groups to make recommendations to the Nexus board regarding the Metro and Bikes. On 10th January the Nexus board met and considered the proposals put forward by the group, the outcome of which is below.
Over the past year the Newcastle Cycling Campaign has been working with Nexus and a number of other groups and organisations to produce a report that will be presented to the Nexus board regarding the integration of bikes and Metro.
Earlier this year, we pressed for a Bikes on Metro trial – although NEXUS bosses said no, at least it kick started a stakeholders’ group examining the long-standing question of whether bicycles can be carried on the TW Metro.
As part of this investigation, NEXUS are surveying Metro passengers (on-train) and a wider population (off train) in order to capture the views of bike users and non-bike users:
We’ll be there
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
We are clear we want to see bicycles on metro trains.
In a letter today Bernard Garner says the task & finish group is in the process of being set up. His own head of communication was of the opinion it had been set up. Communications! Wires. Crossed. Inching closer...
Road.cc (12 February 2012)
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Chronicle (9 February 2012)
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Journal (9 February 2012)
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