Transport all wrapped up?

TRANSPORT is the big issue coming down the tracks for Tees Valley as we enter 2008.

Tesco link to port plan

A MASSIVE retail import centre planned for Tees Dock could be used by Tesco, it was revealed this week.

How to be more daring with colour

FOR too long, home decor has remained in the comfort zone where safe and sensible whites, creams and magnolias have been favoured, but at the new Vermont showhome at St Cuthbert’s Mews, we’ve demonstrated how just a hint of colour can achieve a striking and daring look.

Call for rail revival to boost city links

TRANSPORT chiefs are calling for a neglected railway line to be revived as the basis of a new Tyne-Tees rail link.

Transport group backs case for high speed rail link

TRANSPORT chiefs have been urged to consider the need for a high speed rail line running to the North-East.

£5m revamp for factory site

QUALITY office and industrial space is to created in a £5m development at the site of a former factory that once employed 1,000 workers.

Welcome for more trains to North-West

PLANS for faster and more frequent trains running from the North-East were unveiled yesterday.

Green light for £300m container terminal

MIDDLESBROUGH-BASED PD Ports today announced it had taken a major step forward in its plans to build a £300m deep sea container terminal at Teesport.

Arriva Stagecoach deal is given the go-ahead

BUS staff in part of the Tees Valley will have new bosses from the end of this week.

Interest rates hope for homeowners

HOMEOWNERS were given a glimmer of hope that interest rates may not rise to 6% in the immediate future.

Put our region in fast lane, Minister

NEW Transport Minister Rosie Winterton will today be urged to boost North-East prosperity by backing road and public transport improvements as she visits the region.

Isn’t it time our railline got the bullet?

THE possibility of East Coast rail passengers stepping on to Japanese-style bullet trains within five years moved closer yesterday.

Mixed feelings over rail franchise deal

BUSINESS leaders in the region today welcomed the awarding of the East Coast Main Line rail franchise.

Arriva price hit by franchise defeat

AFTER an extremely volatile day of trading, the London market closed in negative territory once again, with the FTSE 100 Index sliding 75 points and finishing on 6143.

Express delivery of new rail deal

MINISTERS yesterday awarded transport firm National Express the new East Coast rail franchise amid fears over fare hikes and questions over the £1.4bn price tag of the deal.

New line

SHARES in National Express rallied yesterday amid excitement that it was about to become the new operator of the East Coast Main Line.

Markets close

Shares in National Express rally amid excitement of new route; Embassy cigarette firm Imperial Tobacco wins backing of its shareholders; British drivers spent £36.5bn on cars last year report says.

Tales of the riverbank

The sheltered valley to the north of the Yorkshire Dales seems at once forgotten and connected to the rest of the country by road and rail as if it were an urban centre.

MP on track of train problems

LONGER station platforms could be built to enable more trains to stop at an East Coast Main Line railway station.

Doomed assembly will fight for rail link

THE Government has been accused of turning its back on the North’s transport ambitions and told high speed rail travel is still a priority.

Watchdog inquiry into GNER rail franchise collapse

WHITEHALL’S spending watchdog is investigating the collapse of the East Coast rail franchise, it emerged today.

GNER’s franchise failure scrutinised

WHITEHALL’S spending watchdog is probing the collapse of the East Coast rail franchise, The Journal can reveal.

It's the end of the line

THE Government Minister tasked with improving the North-East has turned his back on plans to bring a high speed rail link to the region.

High-speed rail link ‘essential’

MINISTERS have been challenged to be ambitious and back a new high-speed train link to the region as they prepare to unveil their plans for the railways.

£1bn subsidy – and '50% fare increases'

PASSENGERS were yesterday promised improved rail services but warned some fares could soar after North-East firm Arriva was unveiled as the next operator of the cross-country network.

Rail fares may have to rise

Plans to deal with increased passenger growth on the region's trains have been announced - with a warning rail fares may have to rise.

Yuill is listed as TVR preferred developer

Housebuilder Yuill Homes and a London-based property company are understood to be Tees Valley Regeneration's choice for preferred developers of a £170m mixed use development on the edge of Darlington town centre.

To Scotland in just 35 minutes

The North-East's prosperity would be transformed by linking into a revolutionary high-speed rail connection being developed in Scotland, say experts and business chiefs.

MP takes up train fight with minister

An MP whose constituents have to fight for a space on Britain's most overcrowded train has met Transport Minister Tom Harris to demand a better service.

Campaign for rail link builds up steam

Local people and businesses are being urged to pledge their support for plans to restore passenger rail services to a Northumberland town where the last trains ran more than 40 years ago.

A visionary business park – a growing business community

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Companies looking for business space in North-East England have discovered Darlington as a viable alternative to the larger cities of the region.

Ups and downs of a transport link vital to the North-East

The future of the East Coast Main Line has been clouded by uncertainty since last year.

'Build on good rail link for prosperity'

Business and political leaders have challenged ministers to maintain high-quality East Coast rail services as a Government competition to find a new operator enters its final phase.

Timetables revealed for new service

Train timetables for the new direct services from Sunderland to London were revealed for the first time yesterday.

We promise to keep public in the picture

Network Rail bosses promised yesterday to do more to consult local communities affected by a £1.2bn safety programme to erect giant communication masts next to railway lines.

People power puts a stop to rail masts

Network Rail last night dramatically halted work on five 30-metre communication masts after objections from angry residents.

Railroaded by mast plan

Thousands of people in the North-East face living next to giant mobile phone masts because of a rail safety project.

Change of image for market town

The ease of the link via the A68 to the A1(M) is helping companies covering the major conurbations of the North-East and even further afield given the good links with the main manufacturing belt stretched across the M62 in South Yorkshire.

New date set for high-speed rail link to the Capital

A new high-speed rail link between Wearside and London should be running in September, operators confirmed last night.

Kevin Rowan column

I was pleased last week to be part of a panel questioning the four organisations hoping to run the Intercity East Coast Franchise following the cancellation of the contract with GNER.


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