Tynesiders challenge planned privatisation of Metro
A campaign to keep the Tyneside Metro light rail system in public ownership and coherently delivered is gathering momentum, say activists. A group has been campaigning for six months, arguing against plans to 'market test' some Metro operations. Market testing is a full scale tendering process supposedly to get enhanced value for money. Private companies will be competing with an in-house bid.
Decisions on how public transport is managed in the region are made by the Passenger Transport Authority, where each borough has councillor delegates. These authorities struggle to keep public transport options integrated, following Margaret Thatcher's dismantling of several metropolitan counties.
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