At this point there were 11 ferry routes across the Tyne between Newburn and the mouth of the river. The Shields ferry, of course, carried cars as well as walking passengers.
The PTE subsequently rebranded itself as Nexus.
And finally (sort of), here is the current, easy-to-remember ferry timetable.
That was the second new ferry in the PTE era, operating from 1976.
The opening up of transport data has allowed private sector services to emerge – a journey planner was recently added to Google Maps – and raised questions about the need for a Government system.
The DfT appointed consultant AECOM to review Transport Direct last year.
AECOM Technology Corporation is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
The DfT has now issued a statement saying: “We have concluded that, subject to an assessment of the new national services and the provision of accessible travel itineraries for users with mobility limitations, it is no longer necessary for the Government to also provide journey planning services. The Department will continue to publish data to migrate capability to others and also to liaise with interested parties. Once the assessment set out above has been completed, the minister will make a final decision on exiting from the Transport Direct service.”
We will all be using Google Maps!
Better stay at home, then.