Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lifestyle: My Place; Lynne Robinson of Nexus Gives Her My Place

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lifestyle: My Place; Lynne Robinson of Nexus Gives Her My Place

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Byline: Lynne Robinson

LYNNE, 47, has been public affairs manager of Nexus for the past seven years. Lynne has worked for Nexus for 18 years, working her way through the ranks to her present position.

Lynne previously worked in travel and tourism and lived in Spain for six years.

She is married to Michael and is mother to Sophie, 19, and Alex, 15.

Where do you live?

Heaton, Newcastle.

How long have you lived there?

We have lived there for 20 years. Have thought of moving many times but we love the area and have great neighbours.

What is your dream home?

A small villa overlooking either the Mediterranean or Atlantic sea with wonderful views of the setting sun.

How do you get around (walk, car, public transport, private jet)?

I aspire to have a private jet but alas, my funds do not stretch to buying one. I use all modes of transport, I drive every day, running a private taxi service for my children. As I work for Nexus, I use Metro and bus services as much as possible. I also tend to spend a lot of time on the East Coast Main Line, travelling to and from London.

What is your favourite part of the North-East?

I love the coastline, it is so dramatic and strong. However, my favourite part is at the bottom of my back garden, Heaton Park, Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene. I spend hours walking through the parks with our dog Daisy, and love watching it all change throughout the seasons. I thank Lord Armstrong every day for this gift to the city.

What is your favourite building in the region?

There are so many, however, the Tyne Bridge holds a special place in my heart. It means home to me.

What is the best holiday you have ever had?

Cuba, especially the people, they all seemed so happy and contented. I cried when I saw Havana, much to the embarrassment of my children.

What is the favourite thing in your home?

My bed, I look longingly at it when I have to go back out to work in the evening and hate to leave it every morning. On a serious note, I have inherited items from my family that enrich my home that I would never part with.

If you could have one luxury, what would it be?

A cleaner, cook, gardener, etc, my poor husband did not get a domestic goddess when he married me.

What are you working on at the moment?

Metro Re-invigoration is the big one. Nexus needs pounds 600m over the next 20 years to renew and operate Metro or the ageing network could fail within a decade. Lobbying for that means everything from meetings at 10 Downing Street to explaining our case to our passengers using the system. We also want to see a big improvement in bus services in the next few years, working with local councils and bus companies to give people a real choice, if we can make public transport attractive enough, people will switch from cars. …

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