Oyster-style tickets could be launched in the North East

North East bus operators to introduce Oyster-style smart ticketing

North East bus operators are working with IT firms and the Department of Transport on the ticketing plans for the region

TransPennine Express trains

TransPennine Express loses trains to 'David Cameron's stomping ground'

Union leaders have hit out after the rail service which operates in the North East faces losing nine trains - to 'David Cameron's stomping ground'

Hitachi photo of a mock-up of Hitachi Rail Europe's AT200 train

Hitachi named as preferred bidder for 70 Scotrail electric trains

Hitachi will build 70 electric trains at Newton Aycliffe for the new Scotrail service, won by Abellio

TransPennine Express trains

North East MPs' anger over plans to cut train guards and ticket office staff

MPs have criticised government plans to axe staff on the Northern and Transpennine Express rail franchises

A First Capital Connect Service at King's Cross Station, London

Newcastle transport firm Go-Ahead wins multi-million pound rail franchise

Newcastle-registered transport group Go-Ahead and French firm Keolis have secured a multi-million pound rail franchise

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

A farmhouse surrounded by snow in County Durham

Met Office shares data to improve business resilience against bad weather

Technology firms in Sunderland are being given access to Met Office data which could see businesses help plan for bad weather

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

First Transpennine Express trains

Authorities win joint control over Northern and TransPennine rail services

Local authorities have formed a partnership with the Department for Transport to help oversee the Northern and TransPennine franchises

Transport group is on track to meet demand

TRANSPORT group Arriva said that more passenger use had shielded its bus operation from a year-on-year rise in fuel costs.

Bus and rail group is on the right lines for long-term growth

FIRST Group: Bus and rail travel is impacted by economic cycles, but we feel it is at the lower end of cyclicality within the sector.

Seven likely to go in massive FTSE shake-up

THE FTSE 100 Index is reported to be heading for its biggest shake-up since the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks as companies feel the force of the global credit crunch.

Good news for rail travellers

RAIL journeys from the North-East to the North West may be about to get a lot more reliable as train operator Transpennine Express has decided to base staff in Newcastle for the first time.

Travellers braced for 7% rise in train fares

NORTH-EAST commuters are bracing themselves for a rise in train fares while the prospect of road pricing increases.


BAE Systems

Rail revenues on right track

BUS and trains operator FirstGroup has said strong rail revenues had helped the firm make a “good start” to its financial year.


Monday lunchtime business bulletin

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Debt management firms rocked again; Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet snapped up by BBC; Bus and trains operator FirstGroup makes good start to the financial year.

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.

National Express winsfight for rail franchise

THE new operator for the rail network’s “flagship” London to Scotland line was announced today by the Government.

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.


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