David Banks

David Banks: The SNP are standing for Berwick. I offer myself to Plaid Cymru

Journal columnist David Banks on a political twist in Northumberland and a spot of controversy on the railways

Courtney Harris, right, and Harry Murray, left, will be spearheading Cedrecs sales drive. Also pictured is Julia Bradley, who oversees the sales team

Appointments: New business executives at Cedrec

New business executives Harry Murray and Courtney Marsden are the latest to join Sunderland firm Cedrec

Cedrecs new writers Amy Batch (left) and Martha Redpath (right) with senior legal author and auditor Neil Howe

Sunderland firm Cedrec plans to treble revenues

Legislation advice company Cedrec plans to boost turnover from £500,000 to £1.5m within three years

Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Money at the Regent Centre, Gosforth

Richard Branson reveals East Coast high speed rail hopes

Sir Richard Branson has told of his desire to bring high speed Virgin Trains to the East Coast Main Line

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

East Coast rail privatisation process to be launched today

The re-privatisation of the East Coast rail franchise will be launched today - despite continued opposition from trade unions and Labour

A National Express train makes its way into Berwick railway station

MPs’ anger over National Express East Coast Main Line franchise bid

A decision to let National Express bid for the chance to take back control of the East Coast Main Line was condemned as “incredible” by MPs, as they called for the line to remain under public control

Stagecoach splashing out £71m on new fleet

TRANSPORT group Stagecoach said it planned to spend £71m on new vehicles as it looks to attract more passengers to its bus division.

Clampdown on rail fare dodgers raises profits

TRAIN and bus operator Stagecoach has said it is on track for stronger-than-expected profits since revenues soared at its rail division after a clampdown on fare dodgers.

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.

Cash boost leads to expansion plan

A GOURMET ready meal company is poised to double its workforce to 60 in the next 12 months after receiving a £400,000 cash boost.


Wednesday's lunchtime bulletin

Barclays borrows £314m; Stagecoach ahead of expectations; World's biggest miner digs up record profits

Stagecoach bus

Wednesday's morning bulletin

  • NHS

Mining and financial stocks see London market off to a strong start; Transport group Stagecoach records sharp jump in rail revenue; Australian company increases takeover offer for NHS software firm iSoft.

£1bn subsidy – and '50% fare increases'

PASSENGERS were yesterday promised improved rail services but warned some fares could soar after North-East firm Arriva was unveiled as the next operator of the cross-country network.

Nomad's Virgin deal leads world

  • Sky

TECHNOLOGY business Nomad Digital has clinched a world record deal with Virgin Trains to offer wireless internet services to 18 million rail users.

HMV hit by competition from the net

Investors are braced for a heavy fall in profits at ailing music retailer HMV on Thursday when the firm reports full-year results.

Chaos as storms hammer Britain

Intense thunderstorms wreaked havoc across parts of Britain today, as floods blocked roads and train lines, left factory workers trapped, shut schools and prompted hundreds of calls to the emergency services.

Railwaymen cash in

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

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.

150 passengers switch trains after fuel leak

More than 150 passengers had their journey delayed for over two hours at the weekend when a fuel leak forced their train to be halted on the East Coast Mainline in Northumberland.

£12m to £50m - in just 7 months

Nomad Digital has bought a rival in a cash and shares deal which values the wireless technology provider at more than £50m - compared to a £12m valuation just seven months ago.


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