2020 Vision August 2014: Transport challenges for the North East

In this edition of 2020 Vision we take a look at the transport challenges facing the North East over the next 20 years

 

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The North East faces a range of transport connectivity challenges over the next 20 years.

In early summer, Local Enterprise Partnerships were handed millions of pounds for various regional growth schemes, and North East transport was among the big winners. The business case for North East transport improvements has never been stronger and in a special edition of Vision, Adrian Pearson looks at what we have won, and what we still need.

The history of the North East ports dates back centuries. Over time they have had to adapt, but they haven’t just survived – they have thrived. Collectively handling more than 48 million tonnes of cargo a year, our five ports are involved in myriad business streams, aiding our impeccable record as the only UK region with a positive balance of trade. Coreena Ford asks their chief executives to outline their plans for the years to come.

The North East businesses’ growing appetite for overseas markets starts at our gateway to the world – its two airports. With over 15,000 ft of runway between them and some 4.5 million passengers jetting to hundreds of locations, Tom Keighley looks at the airport’s plans for the next 20 years.

And as the debate about national airport capacity rumbles on, Newcastle International Airport chief executive Dave Laws looks at how his airport fits into the landscape

And leaving the issue of transport behind, Peter McCusker talks to one budding young Sevcon engineer who is reaching for the stars at a time when more and more youngsters are being encouraged to pursue STEM careers.

ANGELA UPEX, Editor

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Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer