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#21
(23/11/2014, 12:14)Adrian Wrote: 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.


Exactly. Just noticed this thread and seen the negative comments. At least Stockton Council bother organizing one which is more than the other Tees Valley districts do. And always gets a good attendance. Having said that they can't do much constructive regarding the bus services as they just say they've got no money.

Today's was a bit of a farce however, with the operators sat in one room and the public in another, and the Stockton Council bloke attempting to type questions onto Twitter in less than so many digits. Seemed a bit of a cop out for the operators who weren't put on the spot as at previous forums.
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#22
(11/06/2016, 14:38)Cock Robin Wrote: Exactly. Just noticed this thread and seen the negative comments. At least Stockton Council bother organizing one which is more than the other Tees Valley districts do. And always gets a good attendance. Having said that they can't do much constructive regarding the bus services as they just say they've got no money.

Today's was a bit of a farce however, with the operators sat in one room and the public in another, and the Stockton Council bloke attempting to type questions onto Twitter in less than so many digits. Seemed a bit of a cop out for the operators who weren't put on the spot as at previous forums.

That seems a bit of a strange 'layout', if you like? I've not known many public meetings where the 'top table' are segregated from the public. I hope it reverts for the next meeting.

I agree. I was sceptical when I'd first heard of the forum (see above), but it does appear to be a good setup. I can't see why more councils aren't doing it, especially when they have the operator buy-in at Stockton.

My only criticism is the age demographic that Tony mentioned for today's meeting. I'd hope that it's a one off, and that most meetings are representative of public transport users. Not just by age, but by gender as well.
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#23
I don't think there's any issue with gender, plenty of women there. Think that was the idea of the Twitter to try to get the younger element in, but they said it was an experiment, and looks like however successful it was the idea was to have alternate meetings at least of the traditional format.
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#24
(11/06/2016, 14:45)Adrian Wrote: That seems a bit of a strange 'layout', if you like? I've not known many public meetings where the 'top table' are segregated from the public. I hope it reverts for the next meeting.

I agree. I was sceptical when I'd first heard of the forum (see above), but it does appear to be a good setup. I can't see why more councils aren't doing it, especially when they have the operator buy-in at Stockton.

My only criticism is the age demographic that Tony mentioned for today's meeting. I'd hope that it's a one off, and that most meetings are representative of public transport users. Not just by age, but by gender as well.

That was part of today's experiment to try an online forum if you will. The chairman and two of the three representatives from the Council department responsible for transport were in the main room. The third member of the council, along with the representatives from Stagecoach and Arriva, were in a separate room answering pre-submitted written questions and those coming in via Twiiter whether asked in the room or from anywhere.


The age demographic is regularly the same - I am usually the youngest in the room.
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#25
Probably the most suitable place to post this, without creating a new thread.

Tees Valley CA have agreed to join up with the Urban Transport Group (formally PTEG).
NECA are already members.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
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