Gner is cutting delays caused by breakdowns on the East Coast main line.
The rail company has persuaded industry chiefs to change the rules so rescue locos can travel at up to 100mph, rather than a maximum 75mph.
Test runs have shown the new system can cut up to 15 minutes from delays.
A little help
SERVICES available to young children in South Tyneside will be publicised at an early years fair in South Shields next month.
The event at Temple Park Leisure Centre on October 7 will feature South Tyneside Council's early years service, South Tyneside College, Particip8 and Atlantic Antics.
For more information telephone (0800) 783-4645.
STUDENTS and staff at Tyne Metropolitan College have raised £700 for its adopted charity in a sponsored walk.
The money for Coping with Cancer North-East was raised by 50 people walking six miles along the coast at South Shields.
Homes on way
PLANNERS have approved a scheme for 80 new homes which will complete a major supermarket and housing development on the outskirts of Blyth.
Blyth Valley Council has approved the latest houses to round off the Chase Farm Drive project at Cowpen. Bedlington company Millhouse Developments will take the lead on the project.