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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North East parents are most likely to raid their children's piggy banks to pay for things such as parking, takeaways and the tooth fairy.
Warmer air feeds in from the south as this week progresses. Temperatures into the high teens by the end of the week