The Local Transport Plan is a statutory plan prepared by all local authorities which sets out priorities and objectives for the development of transport. The plan is then used to bid for funds from the government.

In Tyne and Wear a joint plan has been prepared by the five local authorities, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and the Passenger Transport Executive, Nexus. There are many other stakeholders in the Plan – including the bus and train companies, the ports and airport, haulage companies, taxi operators, cycling and pedestrian organisations and many more. During the preparation of the plan many Tyne and Wear residents were asked for their views on how the transport system should evolve. In this way we can be sure the plan sets out a shared vision for the future.

The plan addresses key transport problems affecting the area during the next 15 years and sets out appropriate, affordable and acceptable strategies to bring about improvements in local transport systems.