The Sustans charity, which promotes sustainable transport, has responded to the publication of the North East review to encourage economic growth in the region.
The charity welcomed some proposals, but also commented that they did not think that others were the answer to the congestion problem.
“Investing in roads is not the answer to congestion and won’t benefit the North East’s economy in the long term, however the report’s proposal to set up Transport North East and its focus on transport is welcome.
“Two thirds of journeys made by car are less than five miles and with these local trips responsible for many of our traffic and congestion issues it is vital we make it easier for people to walk, cycle and take public transport."
“Investment in walking, cycling and public transport has a key role to play in cutting congestion, increasing productivity and improving access to jobs which will ultimately make the North East a better place to live and work.”
A blueprint for the North East economy has been published aimed at generating tens of thousands of jobs.
It follows 6 months of fact finding, led by the former Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis.
The strategy aims to create 60,000 private sector jobs and to double the number of apprentices.
It was commissioned by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which was set up almost 2 years ago to encourage economic regeneration across Tyneside, Wearside, Northumberland and County Durham.
The report also backs proposals for a 'combined authority', where councils within the North East LEP area would work together on subjects such as transport and economic development.
Lord Adonis said he was 'profoundly optimistic' for the future but warned 'there is no time to lose'.
The blueprint does not include the Tees Valley, which has its own Local Enterprise Partnership: Tees Valley Unlimited. It said it welcomed the plan by its neighbouring LEP and expected to continue working together in the future.
Helen Ford was at the launch of the North East Independent Economic Review on Wearside. Watch her report here: