QCS hearings are delayed

first_imgThe Quality Contract Scheme (QCS) board has postponed the evidence hearings into the proposed Tyne & Wear QCS from March and April to 13-17 and 20-24 July.It follows a directions hearing in London after Nexus asked for more time to prepare a response to the operators’ challenges to the proposed QCS.The QCS board agreed to postpone the hearings until July in the interests of fairness to all parties. The bus operators agreed that the hearing dates scheduled for March and April could not be fulfilled.In view of the revised timetable, the board cannot publish a final report in May. It therefore intends to publish its final report by 31 October.Kevin Carr, Go North East MD says: “Nexus has been working on its scheme for almost four years, so it’s surprising that they need more time to produce evidence to support it. The 1,000-page report to the North East Combined Authority last October seems not to have been enough.“We have provided the QCS Board with a considerable amount of expert evidence that we believe makes a compelling case for the QCS to be abandoned in favour of partnership. A partnership could have been in place two years ago.”last_img

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