Area: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland
Interests: Bus, Rail
TravelWatch East Midlands is an alliance of groups representing consumer interest across all modes of public transport. We aim to represent the interests and concerns of passengers and to assist local and regional authorities' work towards an integrated and seamless public transport network for the East Midlands region.
TravelWatch East Midlands' mission is to champion public transport so that it becomes:
- Accessible to everyone – including the mobility impaired
- Affordable and socially inclusive
- Available when and where needed
- Attractive – with high-quality services and reliable information
By bringing together for the first time within a single body representative groups of bus, rail, light rail, air and other passengers, TravelWatch East Midlands offers passengers a new opportunity for strong consumer representation and offers regional policymakers a route to engage with transport consumers.
The group meets two or three times a year at venues around the region.
February 2011: TravelWatch East Midlands has written a letter to Northamptonshire Council (PDF) about proposals to withdraw funding from public bus services.
Press release, February 2009: Rail fares not fair to East Midlands (PDF, 31K)
TravelWatch East Midlands has also compiled a table showing day return and weekly fares (PDF, 32K) for a selection of commuter routes in the region.
Press release, April 2008: Passengers dissatisfied with East Midlands rail stations (PDF, 37K).
March 2008: TravelWatch East Midlands has responded to the Government's consultation on options for strengthening bus passenger representation. Read the consultation response (PDF, 130K).
Press release, October 2007: Minister confirms support for local initiatives to tackle congestion and praises TravelWatch (PDF 25K).
Press release, June 2007: Award of new East Midlands rail franchise (PDF 18K).