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#11
Maybe the documents attached below will aid people to understand what this is - a public meeting chaired by a retired Councillor (who is also an Alderman of Stockton Council and a regular user of Public Transport) with representatives of the major operators (Arriva and Stagecoach's Depot Managers are presently the regulars on that front - been nobody from Go North East for the last year or so and Leven Valley were surprisingly absent from the last meeting) plus Chester-le-Track and First Rail along with council officers from the Transport and Environment departments.

This is the 3rd such forum this year and it has been going for the last 4 or so years. The agenda is below - typically see a 30-45 minute presentation of what is going on in terms of service changes and infrastructure improvements designed to assist improvements to public transport. The rest of the meeting is a 'Question Time' format which sees members of the public able to ask questions of the operators and council officers about details related to public transport. Since the first meeting of 2013, this has been amended to enable people who cannot attend on the day but have previously attended to submit a question in writing before the day to gain an answer which they can then read in the minutes (the minutes for the July meeting are below).

Overall, it is a successful format and long may it continue - after all, the last meeting appears to have assisted the changes to Stagecoach's Stockton network from the following day Wink


.pdf   PTF Invite.pdf (Size: 177.38 KB / Downloads: 17)

.pdf   PTF Minutes July 2014.pdf (Size: 271.2 KB / Downloads: 59)
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#12
It seems a really good forum actually. Structured and organised, with minutes being published. It's a shame no one else (to my knowledge!) do this.
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#13
In attendance today are:

Arriva: Richard McGowan (Commercial Manager for Arriva North East South), Paul De Santis (Commercial Manager, Arriva North East)
Stagecoach: David Sharp (Commercial team), Tony Shaw (Senior Duty Manager Stagecoach on Teesside), Chris Walker (Duty Manager Stagecoach on Teesside)
Chester-le-Track: Alex Nelson
Compass Royston: Andrew Carter
SBC: Chris Renahan (Transport & Enviroment Manager),

Not a single representation from Go North East - so any complains about the X7/X9/X10 are to be unanswered (again)
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#14
There will be a Public Transport Forum meeting on Saturday 31st October which will take place at the ARC (Arts Centre) between 10am-12pm.
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#15
The next meeting has been set for Saturday 6th February 2016.

The minutes of the October meeting are attached.


.pdf   Stockton Public Transport Forum Minutes October 2015.pdf (Size: 299.18 KB / Downloads: 41)
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#16
Thanks for sharing Kuyoyo
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#17
The next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday 11th June. A new venue of Stockton Baptist Temple, The Square (just off Church Road), plus anyone on Twitter can check @connect_tv, @arrivanortheast or @StagecoachNE for live updates in regards to what is happening during the Question Time section.

Minutes from the February meeting

.pdf   Stockton Public Transport Forum Minutes February 2016.pdf (Size: 265.39 KB / Downloads: 24)
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#18
If anyone wants to see what was asked at the Forum, go on Twitter and use the hashtag #stocktonptforum to see the questions and the answers.

As for the event, the new venue wasn't the best place. I actually left after 45 minutes after the topic of conversation was centred on the culling of the 87 and parts of Hartburn being left with either no service or a twice-weekly service.
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#19
(11/06/2016, 13:26)Kuyoyo Wrote: If anyone wants to see what was asked at the Forum, go on Twitter and use the hashtag #stocktonptforum to see the questions and the answers.

As for the event, the new venue wasn't the best place. I actually left after 45 minutes after the topic of conversation was centred on the culling of the 87 and parts of Hartburn being left with either no service or a twice-weekly service.

What were the main points around the discussion? Difficult to follow it from twitter, other than that it's not deemed to be commercially viable.

Out of interest - what are the age and gender demographics of the forum, from the meetings you've attended?
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#20
(11/06/2016, 13:35)Adrian Wrote: What were the main points around the discussion? Difficult to follow it from twitter, other than that it's not deemed to be commercially viable.

Out of interest - what are the age and gender demographics of the forum, from the meetings you've attended?

Basically, the 87 is being withdrawn between Hartburn and Stockton. This leaves Darlington Road between its junction with Green Lane and its junction with Birkdale Road (where the X66/X67 turns) and the stretch of road pass Ropner Park without a bus service while Green Lane and Hartburn village shops will have the twice-a-week 88.

As for age, about 90% of those in attendance were people who qualified for ENCTS OAP pass. I was the youngest person there.
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