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

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

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

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

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MPs accuse Department for Transport of blundering in franchise deals leading to failures on outdated and crowded Northern trains

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

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

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

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

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 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.

MP warns East Coast fare rises will hit hard pressed families

Newcastle MP Catherine McKinnell warms rise in East Coast rail fares will make life hard for many North East families

Secret Diner Review: East Coast Trains

A journey to our nation's capital lead the Secret Diner to sample East Coast Trains' gastronomic offerings

High Speed rail costs are 'bonkers' warns North East LEP chief

North East local enterprise partnership chief hits out at the Government's high speed rail plans

HS2: Should high-speed rail lines be extended north into Newcastle and on to Scotland?

Study to decide whether planned high-speed rail lines should be extended north into Newcastle and on to Scotland has begun

North East MPs question case for £50bn high speed train line

North East MPs are asking questions of ministers after claims the HS2 rail scheme will cut journey times by less than half the amount claimed

Newcastle City Council leader urges Labour to back high speed rail

Newcastle's Labour leader Nick Forbes has joined council colleagues from other big cities to urge the party leadership in London to back HS2

Third time lucky or a third class future for East Coast main line?

Fury as East Coast privatisation goes ahead - but Transport Ministers promise better services

East Coast rail privatisation process to be launched today

The re-privatisation of the East Coast rail franchise will be launched today - despite continued opposition from trade unions and Labour

East Coast Main Line privatisation 'will improve service', insists Minister

Plans to sell the East Coast Main Line franchise will go ahead despite opposition, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has insisted

Eurostar bids to take over East Coast Main Line

A bid by cross-channel rail company Eurostar to run the East Coast main line has been branded a "disgrace" by a North East Labour MP

High speed rail will bring billions to North East claim Ministers

A study has concluded that the North East could benefit from the new high speed rail line being planned despite not having dedicated high speed stations

Anger in Newcastle as rail fare rises fixed at 4.1%

Demonstrators gathered in Newcastle to protest against another “massive” increase of 4.1% in rail fares

High-speed rail line 'will help the North East'

Towns and cities across the North East will benefit from faster and more frequent rail services once the new high-speed rail line is completed

Privatisation of East Coast Main Line unpopular says poll

A poll carried out has shown that almost 60% of the public are against plans to sell off the East Coast train service

Police warn young people to stay off railway lines

Young people have been warned to stay off rail tracks during the summer holidays by British Transport Police

North East jobs boost after Hitachi Rail Europe scoops contract

A total of 270 carriages will be manufactured by Hitachi Rail Europe at its new factory in Newton Aycliffe

Passengers urged to back fight against privatisation of East Coast trains

Passengers have been urged to back the fight against the privatisation of East Coast trains

MPs’ anger over National Express East Coast Main Line franchise bid

A decision to let National Express bid for the chance to take back control of the East Coast Main Line was condemned as “incredible” by MPs, as they called for the line to remain under public control

North East MP urges ministers to scrap East Coast Main Line plans

THE East Coast Main Line should stay in public hands, ministers have been told.

State-run East Coast Main Line made more profit figures show

The East Coast Main Line has been more profitable while being run by the Government, new figures show

East Coast Main Line rail franchise privatisation plans announced

Ministers have ignored warnings and announced plans to privatise the East Coast Main Line within two years

Government announce franchise plans for East Coast rail line

The East Coast main line is expected to be back in private hands in less than two years under rail franchise plans announced by the Government today

Results go backwards at National Express - but should it now pay the price?

FEARS over East Coast rail services are mounting after operator National Express yesterday admitted the recession has hit its finances.

Rail link gets back on track

THE eventual re-opening of a mothballed North East rail line looks to be more likely after an MP’s meeting with Rail Minister Tom  Harris .

Looking for clues to next interest rate cut

ECONOMIC news will take centre stage this week as analysts look to a number of official releases for clues about the timing of future interest rate cuts.

Work starts on £11m Berwick Ramparts

WORK has started on creating a £11m office and industrial development in Berwick which is expected to help create more than 750 jobs.

Dear Santa, please bring us...

A PERIOD of significant economic growth is under way in the Tees Valley.


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