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.

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

The Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle

Budget for concessionary travel funding slashed 24% since 2011, says North East Combined Authority

Councillor Nick Forbes says travel for young and pensioners is 'woefully under-funded' and situation is 'absurd and unsustainable'

A Class 373 Eurostar train

Government reveals plan to sell off the UK's 40% stake in Eurostar

Decision to sell off UK's stake in Eurostar is slammed by Labour and unions who attack it as a 'short sighted act of industrial vandalism'

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'

Would be MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan 'very optimistic' of A1 dualling announcement

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Would be MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said she is "optimistic" of an imminent announcement that the A1 is to be fully dualled through Northumberland

A train on the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland

Conservative Party defend East Coast Main Line privatisation

Ed Miliband is a prisoner of the rail unions, claims Conservative Party Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Graham Robb, Senior Partner of Recognition Marketing and PR at The Journal Transport Links Breakfast

Lively debate poses most pressing transport links issues in the North East

Regional figures from business, politics and infrastructure joined The Journal and The Gazette's Transport Links Breakfast

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes: Unlocking success through transport in the North East

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, says better transport links are key to unlocking economic potential of the North East

How a train on HS2 could look as it speeds between London and Birmingham

North East risks losing out on £50bn HS2 opportunities, warns senior project leader

Alison Munro revealed very few North East firms have so far registered their interest in supply chain opportunities associated with the project

MP Mary Creagh

Labour Shadow Transport Secretary backs controversial North East bus contracts

Mary Creagh said we should allow councils decide on timetables and services by bus operators in the region

Matt Boyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of the electric vehicle control manufacturer Sevcon

Gateshead-based Sevcon raises $10m growth cash pot

Gateshead-based Sevcon are putting growth plans into action after securing significant shareholder backing

Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport

North East leaders have stood shoulder to shoulder over calls for a third runway at Heathrow

North East business leaders feel a third runway at Heathrow Airport is key to connectivity for the region

Group of men including chief draughtsman R J Robson (fourth from left) stood in front of North Eastern Railway electric locomotive No 3, Darlington c. 1914. Courtesy of National Railway Museum, York

North East Transport Links Breakfast: We look back to the North East's role as a rail pioneer

Ahead of the North East Transport Links Breakfast, we celebrate the region's role in the birth of the rail industry


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