The region could soon see cheaper fares, a new range of bus-to-bus tickets to maximise journeys, and savings for local councils, if proposals go ahead.
It is estimated that as much as a quarter of a million pounds could be cut off councils' bills if the proposal put forward by the region's bus operators are accepted and implemented.
The proposals follow growing pressure as transport operator Nexus pulls together proposals of its own that would hand over the powers to set fares, routes and timetable to Tyne and Wear, as is the London-style system.
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