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

'Yes' vote takes Newcastle a step forward

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes explains how a business community vote will continue growth in a thriving city centre

Network Rail get tough new targets set by rail regulators

The Office of Rail Regulation has set some tough new punctuality targets for Network Rail to adhere for the next five years

St Jude storm to bring travel disruption despite North escaping the worst

Commuters face a day of disruption - even though the North East will miss the brunt of the St Jude storm

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

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

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

Castle Building Services in major contract wins worth £5m

A building services contractor has announced two major contract wins worth £5m on the back of successful completions

Ashington Blyth and Tyne rail line restoration scheme gets green light

Work has started on putting together a multi-million pound funding package that could result in a long-awaited Northumberland rail project finally getting the green light

Taxis are out as new-look Central Station work begins

Newcastle Central Station’s portico will be sealed for ever tomorrow as a £20m revamp gets under way

Rail study could bring services back to Northumberland

A new study could signal the green light for a long-awaited rail project to finally move forward after being stuck in the sidings for months

Price of upgrade for Newcastle Central Station is defended

A £20m train station upgrade is a key economic priority for Newcastle, despite city-wide cuts to services, a senior councillor has said

Drop-in session for for Newcastle Central Station plans

A drop-in session is being held later today for members of the public to view plans for the transformation of Newcastle Central Station

Hebburn engineering firm Tharsus boosts ranks with 80 new jobs

Engineering company Tharsus is tackling the challenging eurozone market head on after hitting £3m in export sales, accounting for 25% of the firm’s turnover this year

Morpeth residents evacuated as rain causes chaos - VIDEO

A HISTORIC market town in Northumberland has begun to flood after a river broke its banks, police said.

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 .

£2m security bill for copper thefts

RAIL bosses are facing a multi-million-pound security bill as criminal gangs continue to steal copper cables from North-East train depots.

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

Transport all wrapped up?

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

Anger at rail service cut

RAIL campaigners have voiced their anger after the North-East train company which has won the new Cross Country franchise immediately announced service cuts at a Northumberland station.

Tesco link to port plan

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

Friday evening's business news

CBI slams CGT changes / Hindujas look for UK targets / Network Rail's on time

Tyne tunnel no one noticed earns prize

A CRACK crew of tunnellers and their back-up teams, toiling more than a year to restore drinking water successfully to a flood-devastated North-East market town, have won their firm a major award.

New life for railway arches

A NEGLECTED corner of Newcastle city centre is set to be reborn with the development of two major, multi-million pound regeneration schemes.

Metro service could run again by Friday

METRO bosses last night said the disruption caused by a subsided mine shaft in North Tyneside could be over by the end of the week.

One voice on transport

A POWERFUL transport body is to be created as city leaders seek to make life easier for North-East motorists and commuters.

Metro line hole will cause severe delays

COMMUTERS face weeks of travel chaos after a hole appeared beside a busy Metro track.

Complex presents challenge for designers

THE Stephenson Quarter would stand on a piece of land which has been substantially cut off from Newcastle city centre.

Body discovery disrupts rail services

Rail services on the East Coast mainline have been seriously disrupted following the discovery of a man’s body on the track at Durham.

Body discovery disrupts rail services

Rail services on the East Coast mainline have been seriously disrupted following the discovery of a man’s body on the track at Durham.

Welcome for more trains to North-West

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

Unsafe points led to North rail crash

The immediate cause of this year’s Cumbria train crash was the ``degraded and unsafe state“ of a set of points, official rail accident investigators said today.

High Level bridge to re-open next Spring

TYNESIDE’S iconic High Level Bridge will finally be reopened from May next year – but only to Gateshead-bound public transport, it was revealed last night.

Just get us on track

HIGH speed rail links dismissed by the Government as “too costly” could boost the North-East economy by £3.5bn, it was claimed yesterday.

Historic market town set for problem spot revamp

A NEW mixed use development is set to be built on a 4.25 acre site next to Hexham station in Northumberland, as landowner Network Rail aims to answer the long-running problem of how the town’s old goods yard will be developed.

Tuesday lunchtime's business bulletin

Engineering firm Jarvis to share £1.5bn in rail renewal work; Fashion chain French Connection remains under pressure; Housebuilder Redrow hails solid performance.

Jail for graffiti vandals

A JUDGE sent out a stark message to graffiti vandals yesterday by handing down prison sentences to three members of a gang which caused nearly £180,000 of damage in a wrecking spree across the region.

New survey rails at station’s poor links

A TRAIN station in the North-East has been identified as a “weak link” for passengers in a survey conducted by campaign group Transport 2000.

Network Rail changes plans

CAMPAIGNERS against a series of giant rail communication masts claimed victory last night after a national rail firm changed its development plans.

Balfour Beatty conjures up record order book

THE UK’s biggest construction company, Balfour Beatty has unveiled forecast-beating profits and a record order book worth more than £10bn.

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