Back on track again?

Hopes of restoring a passenger rail link between two Northumberland towns after a gap of more than 40 years have been raised by the findings of a technical study.

Back on track after derailment chaos

Rail services across the North-East got back on track yesterday [Fri] after a derailment on a bridge over the Tyne caused chaos for thousands of passengers.

Trains chaos after bridge derailment

Thousands of angry rail passengers were left stranded yesterday after a day of delays on the East Coast Main Line following a derailment on a bridge over the Tyne.

Railway chaos

Thousands of rail passengers faced lengthy delays yesterday on the East Coast Main Line.

Today's Diary

10.00am: East Coast Main Line franchise hearing at Gateshead Civic Centre.

Rail route bidders must give right signal

The future of East Coast rail services could become clearer within days as rival companies battling to run trains face a grilling from regional political and business leaders.

Alpha moves to Omega to boost support

It company Alpha Lan Systems is on the move. Alpha Lan, a network support and software development company, has moved from its existing base in Stockton to purpose-built offices in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Arriva puts train plans on the line

Public transport giant Arriva has suggested putting its own money into buying new trains for its Wales & Borders franchise.

Sea fever exerts hold on very many buyers

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A home near the coast is an aspiration for many, and with numerous developments in both established and up-and-coming areas, more would-be buyers can enjoy the beauty of the North-East coastline.

Rail service shunts back launch again

Rail campaigners voiced dismay last night after it was announced a new train service between the North-East and London faces further delays.

A1 dualling petition

A petition has been launched on the Prime Minister's website calling for the A1 to be dualled to boost safety and the economy.

Labour's left you in slow lane, say Tories

The North-East must get a better deal over transport because it is suffering from unfair Government funding and worsening traffic, the Conservatives yesterday demanded.

High speed trains on way from China

North-East passengers could soon be stepping aboard express trains arriving from China, The Journal can reveal.


Hundred foot high flames last night engulfed the £100m new flagship university campus in Newcastle City Centre.

Rail bosses lay out £2bn programme of work

North-east train passengers were yesterday promised a £200m boost to services.

Railway strategy gets up to speed

A radical overhaul of East Coast trains could lead to extra and faster services being introduced, The Journal has learned.

Bidders to face tough questions

Bidders to take over the East Coast rail franchise will face grillings from businesses, politicians and lobby groups under plans announced by a North MP yesterday.

Rail bidders told, don't sell us out

Business chiefs last night warned companies battling to run East Coast trains not to shortchange the North-East.

New trains take to lines

The first new-look diesel high-speed train will be launched on the East Coast Main Line as part of a £45m upgrade of services.

Arriva profits rise despite fuel bill

The transport group Arriva yesterday reported a 6.4% increase in pre-tax profits to £109.8m; this increase came about despite an extra £20m fuel bill for the year.

Fears over rail upgrades

Concern over East Coast rail services grew last night as it emerged that station improvements and catering could be dropped by a new operator.

Fares increase boosts transport giant's profit

Transport group Arriva increased profits today after the firm raised bus fares to offset an extra £14m fuel bill.

Fuel costs rise no deterrent to Arriva

At the end of a relatively calm day on the markets the FTSE 100 closed in positive territory, up 18 points at 6156.5.

Minister told: Get off your backside

Rail minister Tom Harris has been urged to "get off his backside" and visit the North-East to see plans to improve services.

Delays on the rails

Rail passengers found themselves trying to make up for lost time after a signal failure on the East Coast Main Line yesterday.

Confidence in market set to be put to the test

The London market's fragile confidence will be tested this week as another clutch of major companies are due to post results.

MP calls for North rail link

The Government is being urged to fast-track plans for a rail freight link to the East Coast Main Line from Teesport.

Bowden's progress looks good for Barratt

The latest round of results from the housebuilding sector should have added spice after Barratt Developments struck a £2.2bn deal to buy rival Wilson Bowden earlier this month.

Clarity call over rail short-list

A short-list of potential operators of trains on the East Coast Main Line was unveiled yesterday amid confusion about the future role of rail firm GNER.

Delays on East Coast Main Line

Rail passengers faced travel chaos tonight after fallen overhead power cables caused severe delays on the East Coast Main Line.

Death and fire on line

Trains were delayed after two incidents on the East Coast Main Line, police said yesterday.

Arriva eyes coastal line

Trains to the North-east could soon be run by a company from the North-east after Arriva confirmed it was interested in taking over the East Coast Main Line.

Virgin in running for GNER route

Sir Richard Branson's rail firm yesterday confirmed it will enter the running to take over the East Coast Main Line franchise.

Rail victor may be sold

The rail company which has won the right to run trains from Sunderland to London could be bought out in the New Year, The Journal has learned.

Port project rebuffed, but bosses see hope on horizon

Plans to improve a vital rail link between the North's largest port and the East Coast Main Line have suffered a setback as the Government refused to back them.

Train bosses expect line price to tumble

A key executive at Virgin Trains has said the price required to win the East Coast Main Line railway service must be several hundred million pounds below the sum GNER paid for the franchise.

The end of the line for GNER

The Government was last night accused of putting money before passengers after rail firm GNER lost its franchise to run the East Coast Main Line.

Double blow for North commuters

Motorists in the North will be forced to pay to drive on congested roads within a decade - but commuters opting instead for the railways have been warned they could soon be priced off the tracks as well.

Deaths cause travel misery

Two people died and another was seriously injured during the rush-hour yesterday, bringing commuter chaos to the North-East.

Ministers set to run railway

The Government could take over the running of the East Coast Main Line from troubled rail operator GNER if the financial crisis surrounding its owner worsens, senior ministers have admitted.


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