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Since its formation TWNW has established a relationship with a wide range of stakeholders, and has addressed a number of key issues within the transport agenda in the region. It is increasingly being seen as an important sounding board for consultation on transport policy issues.

TWNW is keen to continue with its growing track record of project/ consultancy work. TWNW has within its membership a considerable depth of resource of experienced public transport users together with professional transport expertise. This makes the organisation well capable of carrying out passenger based research to inform and assist Regional and Local Authorities, PTEs and Operators in their transport planning and operational functions.

Examples of topics that have been debated at conferences

  • Rail capacity and overcrowding.
  • Challenges of rural bus services.
  • Public transport to tourist destinations.
  • Quality Bus Contracts and Partnerships.
  • Multi Modal ticketing and Smartcards.
  • The role of the Traffic Commissioner.
  • Bus network performance
  • Light Rail
  • Community Transport

Consultation responses have included -

  • Ticketing on Public Transport
  • Delivering a Sustainable Railway
  • Rail Electrification Strategy
  • Quality Bus Contracts
  • The Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles
  • Rail fares and ticketing
  • Devolving rail to the regions
  • HS2

Research projects have included -

  • Rail stations in the North West of England
  • Multi Modal Ticketing
  • Disrupted Rail Journeys
  • Rural Transport Funding
  • Air Passengers and Public Transport
  • Bus Travel Experience
  • Information on Bus Fares
  • Rural Bus services and facilities
  • Rail replacement buses
  • Northern rail service quality

Future work is planned to include -

  • Further work on the facilities for and travel experience of bus passengers.
  • Encouraging the creation and sustainability of local passenger groups.
  • Monitoring the rail passenger experience including on train and station facilities.
  • Information - the availability of multi modal information on transport websites and at rail/bus stations and transport interchanges.
  • The passenger experience at airports including public transport connectivity
  • An examination of planned rail connections at various interchanges
  • Bringing forward passenger concerns to the attention of the appropriate providers and procurers and striving to achieve improvements on behalf of passengers.
  • Reacting to consultation requests and other issue as they arise.

TWNW will continue to work in partnership with other user bodies including Passenger Focus, Bus Users UK, the Campaign for Better Transport and Railfuture.

See Home page for the current Business Plan 2015-17.

Updated 10th October 2014

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