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A East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Councils call for investment along East Coast Main Line

North East councils say the British economy could benefit by £9bn if rail services are improved

A Northern Rail train

North East council leaders to unite on region's rail plans

Lobbying efforts for Northern Rail and East Coast services will take place this week in Newcastle

Bill Macleod, Senior Partner of PWC, Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Monday Interview: Bill MacLeod, senior partner at PwC

A new era is beginning for the Newcastle office of PwC, as new senior partner Bill MacLeod tells Coreena Ford

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Rail union warns it could strike if buffet cars and guards are axed from East Coast trains

The RMT says it will ballot its members unless the Government provides assurances new County Durham built trains are not run on a "driver only" basis

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Council warns Northumberland could suffer in East Coast franchise shake up

Northumberland County Council tells the Government it should insist on local services from the next East Coast operator

Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Money at the Regent Centre, Gosforth

Richard Branson reveals East Coast high speed rail hopes

Sir Richard Branson has told of his desire to bring high speed Virgin Trains to the East Coast Main Line

A train pulls into the station at Morpeth in Northumberland

Morpeth could lose rail services as East Coast train franchise sold on

South East Northumberland Rail User Group hits out at new franchise arrangements for the East Coast service

L to R Business Secretary Vince Cable, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Alistair Dormer of Hitachi

Hitachi train building deal sealed for Newton Aycliffe factory

Funding has been secured to manufacture train carriages at Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82m Newton Aycliffe plan, the firm has confirmed

Protesters outside the Centre for Life, where bidders Eurostar/Keolis were meeting, call for the East Coast Line to remain public

Rail workers protest over plans to privatise East Coast main line

Rail workers protested in Newcastle yesterday against plans to bring the East Coast main line back into private hands

Nine out of 10 trains must run on time starting from spring next year

Legal battle looms over sell off of East Coast main line

Two leading rail unions have launched a legal bid to halt the sale of the East Coast main line, it was revealed yesterday. The Government has run the line, the North East's key link to London and Scotland, since 2009

A train in Northumberland on the East Coast Main Line

East Coast Main Line franchise battle is launched

The battle for the franchise to run the East Coast Main Line has begun - with ministers promising passengers will enjoy faster and more frequent services

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Rush to privatise East Coast means no new train for region

MPs accuse Department for Transport of blundering in franchise deals leading to failures on outdated and crowded Northern trains

Three of the A4 locomotives at Shildon. From left, Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa

Man christened Mallard meets his locomotive namesake at Shildon

Man christened Mallard meets the locomotive he was named after at the Great Goodbye event in Shildon

Council leader Nick Forbes

Funds needed to boost North East HS2 benefit

A major programme of investment in the North East is needed to ensure the region receives economic benefits from the planned high speed rail line

East Coast Main Line came 5th in the survey conducted by Which?

Rail survey reveals East Coast Main Line one of the best in the country

The East Coast Main Line has come out well in a national rail survey on passenger satisfaction


Ministers plan to bring high speed rail north as they look for support

Proposals to speed up construction of the HS2 line in the North of England will be presented next month


The North East needs a fast rail line, and it needs it now

Tony Lodge, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, argues that the region deserves a fast rail line and shouldn't have to wait for HS2

A projection of the Mallard on the side of Durham Castle

Mallard steam locomotive coming to the North East for her final farewell

The art deco style image of one of the greatest of steam locomotives lit up a North East landmark building last night to signal the last stage in a poignant railway reunion

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Businesses poised to base operations in North East, but rail service is key

Around 80 companies in talks with NewcastleGateshead Initiative to invest in region and future of route from Scotland to London King's Cross could be deciding factor

Views are sought on East Coast Main Line investment

Views sought on East Coast Main Line investment

The views of businesses are being sought to help strengthen the case for investment in one of the region’s most important transport links.


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