Tyne and Wear bus companies resist plans to hand control of the network to local authorities

Bus operators promise to work better together, if proposals to give control of fares, routes and franchises to a body representing local authorities are dropped.

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Cheaper fares for region's buses

The region's bus operators are today putting forward a new proposal that promises cheaper fares, a new range of bus-to-bus tickets and savings for local councils of a quarter of a million pounds.