The track completion marking a significant milestone for Britain's newest train factory in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham

Hitachi Rail Europe's Newton Aycliffe train factory connected to national rail network

Completed factory will serve as a Hitachi Rail Europe facility for train manufacturing and assembly

Greenfield Community College pupils with Shepherds build manager Davy Armstrong at Hitachi Rail Europe's site in Newton Aycliffe

Schoolchildren get guided tour of new Hitachi Rail factory as it takes shape

Shepherd leads community initiative designed to showcase construction industry and inspire next generation

Benjamin Mawby, left and Darren Cumner of Hitachi at the Newton Aycliffe complex

Hitachi on track to launch recruitment drive in County Durham

A recruitment drive to ultimately fill more than 700 positions at Hitachi's factory in Newton Aycliffe gets under way within days

Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station

Investment of £140m planned for East Coast mainline after private sector takeover

Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

Civic leader vow not to leave North East isolated from HS3 benefits

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson called for connection to Newcastle and a bigger commitment from Labour and Government on high speed rail

Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron with Depot Manager Linda Swain and Engineering Director of East Midlands Trains Tim Sayer (back, right), as they visit Neville Hill Traincare Depot ahead of giving their speeches on HS2

High speed rail link to connect northern cities gets mixed reaction

North East MP Kevan Jones blasts the plan as a "vanity project" which will mean nothing for the region

A train on the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland

Conservative Party defend East Coast Main Line privatisation

Ed Miliband is a prisoner of the rail unions, claims Conservative Party Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Graham Robb, Senior Partner of Recognition Marketing and PR at The Journal Transport Links Breakfast

Lively debate poses most pressing transport links issues in the North East

Regional figures from business, politics and infrastructure joined The Journal and The Gazette's Transport Links Breakfast

MP Mary Creagh

Labour Shadow Transport Secretary backs controversial North East bus contracts

Mary Creagh said we should allow councils decide on timetables and services by bus operators in the region

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

Peter Lovering: If Northumberland is to prosper then it needs proper rail links

Northumberland businessman says we should be concentrating our efforts not on HS2, but on the East Coast Main Line

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett: Voters are ready to back a radical alternative to inequality

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett set out what makes her party different, when she spoke to Journal Political Editor Jonathan Walker

East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Transport issues on the agenda at the Transport Links Breakfast

The North East's most pressing transport issues will be debated next month at The Journal and the Evening Gazette's Transport Links Breakfast

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

Fresh protests planned in North East against the re-privatisation of East Coast mainline

Campaign launched after it emerges that in public hands the line has handed over £235m to the Government this year alone

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


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