Transport

All the latest transport news from across the North East. Read the latest transport stories, features, reports from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Four brand new Go North East buses worth over £600,000 are launched by intu Metrocentre's Metrognomes

Go North East invests £6.9m into fleet of 47 new buses

The Gateshead-based bus operator will now phase out older models and introduce the new vehicles over the next few months

Rachel Turnbull: When we want to think big we need to use our heads

Tyne Tunnel boss Rachel Turnbull on what we can do to make big projects more attractive to governments and investors

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Beth Farhat column: concern is growing on rail franchises

Regional head of the TUC calls for a publicly owned rail net worth that puts people before profit

Alan Share, who comments on proposed cycle routes and plans to avoid congestion on Gosforth High Street

Alan Share: It's all one-way traffic in the cyclist's favour

Former businessman Alan Share argues that cyclists should stop thinking everyone should share their enthusiasm - and penalising them if they don't

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne: We want to create 50,000 more jobs in the North East

The Chancellor George Osborne outlines his long term economic plan for the North East in an exclusive piece

A flooded road

Kate Fox: It appears I have been driving around with my eyes closed for 20 years

Journal columnist and performance poet Kate Fox finds how a speed awareness course won round a posse of truculent drivers

From left: Bill Laurie, general manager at OGN; Dennis Clark, OGN chairman and Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

OGN director reveals HS2 supply chain ambitions

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says "ring fencing" work for British firms was not the way forward

From left, Janet Johnson, Cllr Mel Speding, Lee Bayliss from DB Schenker Rail UK, Mark Tarry from Network Rail, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Matthew Hunt

Port of Sunderland welcomes Transport Secretary to rail line trial

Network Rail has reconnected around half a mile of lines at Port of Sunderland, boosting its cargo handling potential

The potential HS2 train design

North East forgotten about as Ministers planned high speed rail scheme

Case for including North East on high speed line and trans-pennine link should have been considered years ago, say MPs

Councillor Iain Malcolm

Exclusion of Teesside from North transport body is 'a mistake'

Andy McDonald MP said it is a "sorry state of affairs" that Teesside has been sidelined in plans for Transport for the North body

Potholes in Northumberland following heavy snow

Northumberland potholes tally currently stands at 6,600

Northumberland's potholes tally stands at 6,600, months after council bosses said they had tackled its backlog

Petards

Petards secure £1.5m contract extension to supply CCTV for Gatwick Express trains

The Team Valley-based manufacturer will provide further units on top of a 2013 order

Beth Farhat of the TUC

Beth Farhat: East Coast mainline should remain in public hands

Re-privatisation of rail line will only benefit Virgin and Stagecoach shareholders, says regional head of TUC

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

A Go North East Bus, part of the Go-Ahead company

Kevin Carr: It's time to dispel some myths about the plans for our buses

The boss of Go North East responds to Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes after the vote to proceed with radical plans for the buses

The new Rail Academy in Gateshead, students from left Laim Barrass, Brandon Foster, Antony Walker, Andrew Bell

Full steam ahead at Newcastle College's Rail Academy for next generation of engineers

The state-of-the-art £5m training facility is the first of its kind in the North East and opened its doors to more than 70 students in September

A Stagecoach bus in Newcastle

North East Councils one step closer to taking control of bus services in transport shake-up

Members of the NE Combined Authority voted unanimously for a Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear

A Go North East Bus, part of the Go-Ahead company

Robust trading statement published by Newcastle's Go-Ahead Group

Newcastle-headquartered firm Go-Ahead Group published the statement for the period from June 29 to October 20 2014, ahead of its annual general meeting on Friday

Kevan Jones MP

Bus scheme would be bad for Durham and Northumberland, claims MP

MPs in a House of Commons debate clashed over plans for "quality contracts" giving North East councils more control over bus services

From left, Colin Barnes and Keith Robertson of Go North East with the company's new apprentices and Gavin Batie, curriculum ops manager at Gateshead College

Gateshead College partnership offers transport sector apprenticeship opportunities

Both Go North East and Nexus have committed to training up apprentices to fill the skills gap in light of ageing workforces

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