Key Challenges

Our Vision for Transport in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear will have a fully integrated and sustainable transport network, allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a high quality of life. Our strategic networks will support the efficient movement of people and goods within and beyond Tyne and Wear, and a comprehensive network of pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport links will ensure that everyone has access to employment, training, community services and facilities.

Achieving this vision will mean making sure the transport system offers enhanced
capacity and connectivity, is more efficient, integrated, safe and secure, supports Tyne
and Wear’s growth and economic development and is fair to all users. It should also
encourage a cycling revolution and mode shift to walking, public transport and use of
the rivers, and offer better value for money to fare- and tax-payers, whilst contributing
to improving the quality of life for residents, creating opportunities for all and enhancing
the environment, in all parts of Tyne and Wear.

Five goals are set out for the achievement of this overarching vision. These
goals are ambitious, given that availability of funding over the short and medium-terms
will be particularly constrained. The goals of the transport strategy are set out below:

  • To support the economic development, regeneration and competitiveness of Tyne and Wear, improving the efficiency, reliability and integration of transport networks across all modes
  • To reduce carbon emissions produced by local transport movements, and to
    strengthen our networks against the effects of climate change and extreme weather
  • To contribute to healthier and safer communities in Tyne and Wear, with higher
    levels of physical activity and personal security
  • To create a fairer Tyne and Wear, providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve
    their full potential and access a wide range of employment, training, facilities and
  • To protect, preserve and enhance our natural and built environments, improving
    people’s quality of life and creating high quality public places