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The Safer Transport Northumbria app is ready to download to make transport safer for bus and Metro users. The app can be used to flag up any safety concerns or to tell the authorities if you feel unsafe on a bus or the Metro.

The new app was launched by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, as part of an ongoing commitment to tackle violence against women and girls. The apps can be used across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear to improve safety on public transport.

You can access travel updates to help plan your route, whether you are commuting or heading to town.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“We all have a responsibility to help keep each other safe and that’s what I love about this app.

“Women have told us they don’t always feel safe when they take public transport – this is a key step to changing that. People often don’t know whether to report things and when they do they’re unsure of who to go to and how to go about it.

"This app is the answer. It’s about telling us. The more we know, we can help, and the more we can make our transport networks safer.”

The app aims to change how safe people feel taking public transport, to remove the potential uncomfortable feeling at a remote bus stop because the lights are out. It has been developed in conjunction with Rape Crisis Tyneside, Northumbria Police and the travel operators, including Go North East, Arriva, Nexus and Stagecoach North East.

The Safer Transport Northumbria app uses open data from public transport agencies operating in the Northumbria Police force area. It can be downloaded on the or the .