A TIMETABLE has been set to consider proposals for the complex process of nationalising bus services in Tyne and Wear.
The Quality Contract Scheme would be the first outside London, and would see Nexus take the control of bus routes and fares out of the hands of private companies.
Bus operators are opposing the plans saying it would threaten their business models as they are forced to bid for contracts.
A series of evidence hearings will be held next year, where Nexus and bus operators Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach, will present their cases.
In a delay to the usual process, the board has said it needs more time to ensure proper scrutiny.
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson and the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Users Group (TWPTUG), have also asked to give oral evidence.
TWPTUG campaigns’ officer Dave Shaw, said: “We asked for the opportunity to give evidence to the QCS board, which is the final stage of the process to bring this about.
“We will present further evidence of how we feel the proposed scheme meets all the tests in the legislation.
“We are clear that it is the best option for bus passengers and all public transport users across Tyne and Wear.”