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 hope over masts

PROTESTERS meet Network Rail officials this week over controversial plans to put up communication masts.

At home on the Net

BRAVA Lifestyle Offices (BLO) has moved to a new home. The Teesside-based firm, which specialises in office interior planning and design, has also launched a virtual showroom to help reach potential new customers throughout the UK and beyond.

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.

Tragic death of flooding victim

A MAN has died from head injuries as he tried to bail flood water out of his home.

Youthful promise at depot hotel

WORK on a £5m hotel project next to Newcastle Central Station is expected to start late next year, more than two years after it was first proposed.

Lord’s ticket joy

DURHAM fans were given a timely Lord’s boost after last night’s final Twenty20 Cup game against North group winners Notts Outlaws was cancelled an hour before the start of play, (writes JEFF BOWRON).

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.

Trains proposal

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

Neil Barker, Mackellar Architecture

The man at the helm of the 133-year-old firm reveals the latest stage of the company's plot for world domination.

Rail strike chaos gets closer

The biggest dispute on the railways for more than a decade looked more likely last night when the industry's biggest union called a strike by signallers and maintenance staff and decided to ballot thousands of Network Rail workers for industrial action.

Lorry hits rail bridge

Thousands of main line commuters suffered delays and train cancellations yesterday after a builder's lorry became stuck underneath a bridge beneath the East Coast railway line.

Row over port plans

THE Government today tried to justify its watering down of wording in a key regional economic blueprint.

Railwaymen cash in

Railwaymen fished a match at Eyemouth. sponsored by Network Rail and Virgin Trains.

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.

Why business must back Metro Re-invigoration

Nexus and the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority have lodged a £600m bid with Government for Metro Re-invigoration.

Long-term prospects remain strong at Biffa

Aquiet few days for blue-chip results should mean some of the lesser lights of the London Stock Exchange will be in the spotlight this week.

Residents say lines crossed on masts

About 100 residents turned out last night to voice their opposition to controversial plans to erect giant railway communication masts.

Protesters get plans on track

Angry residents will tonight meet officially for the first time to oppose a series of rail communication masts that could be put up in Northumberland.

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.

Bosses play down strategy change

BUSINESS leaders were today playing down the Government’s watering down of wording in a key regional economic blueprint.

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.

Don't go off the rails

Yobs who bombard trains with missiles are being targeted this half term to make them think about the consequences of their actions.

Glen's off planet over Star Wars

When Glen Edwards first went to see Star Wars at the cinema as a youngster, he had no idea how much of an impact the film would have on his, or indeed his child's, life.

Railway chiefs delay bonuses

Network Rail executives bowed to fierce criticism about their bonuses yesterday - by deferring part of the payout until the result of an inquiry into the Cumbria rail crash is known.

Thursday

A boardroom battles looms at St James's Park; it's been a good day for fashion house Burberry; and there could be a rail strike.

Bonus for chiefs despite crash

TOP Network Rail (NR) bosses today received total bonuses of about £200,000, despite the company accepting blame for this year’s Cumbria train crash in which one passenger died.

Today's Diary

7am: Network Rail announces 2006-07 financial results and bonuses for staff.

School's off for a day

Oakleigh Gardens School in Cleadon, South Tyneside, will be closed today for electrical work.

Inmates helped rail repair

A union chief yesterday expressed "alarm and anger" after it emerged that a group of prisoners have helped maintain one of Britain's busiest railway lines.

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.

North rail chaos after de-railment

Major rail disruption is expected across the East Coast mainline after two freight train wagons were derailed today, Network Rail said.

Neighbours invited

A neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 9 at 7.15pm in Cleadon Methodist Church Hall, Cleadon Village, South Tyneside.

In my view

As I write this article, I am aware that seismic changes are about to take place within the governance of this country.

Delay on Metro

Metro services ground to a halt for around an hour yesterday after an overhead power line fault between Pelaw and South Hylton.

Price rises fail to deter Go-Ahead's passengers

Transport group Go-Ahead said it was on track for better-than-expected results as rail passenger levels grew in the face of fare increases in January.

Protest may delay growth

A massive £300m Teesside deep sea container terminal, which could bring 5,500 jobs to the area, still has obstacles to overcome.

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.

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