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Major contract awarded for Northumberland line project
The contractor to build six new stations on the Northumberland Line has been confirmed.      The County Council is working with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Northern Trains Ltd on the ambitious programme to reintroduce regular passenger trains between Ashington and Newcastle by…
PCC Kim McGuinness at Gateshead Interchange with council leaders and transport chiefs
Funding bid to make public transport safer is announced
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has submitted a bid to the Government’s Safer Streets fund, which includes measures to tackle crime on public transport networks. Based on the findings of her recent survey, the commissioner has come together with local authority leaders and…
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Covid: Face coverings must still be worn on public transport
Face coverings must still be worn in busy indoor settings including on public transport under new Government advice which came into effect from today, Monday 19 July.  The Government says it ‘expects and recommends people to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as shops and public transport’.…
The artists impression of what Sunbderland station revamp will look like
Sunderland central station to be transformed
Transformational plans to revamp Sunderland’s central train station are full steam ahead, with a £26m boost that will ‘give Sunderland the rail station it deserves’. Striking proposals for the southern entrance of Sunderland’s central station were unveiled today, for a six-year programme to fully…
Track works start on Northumberland line
Track renewal underway on Northumberland Line
Another milestone on the Northumberland Line rail project has been reached after the first sections of track were replaced. Network Rail have completed work to renew a section of track in Newsham in preparation for the pioneering project to reopen - the first physical piece of work on the project…
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Covid: New Government travel advice comes into effect
New guidelines for public transport users have come into effect as part of the latest stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The Government’s instruction to minimise travel ended from today, Monday 17 May. Passengers are being advised to travel safely and follow covid-secure guidelines…
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Covid: New Government travel guidance starts from Monday 29 March
New guidelines for public transport users come into effect from today, Monday March 29, as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The Government’s instruction to stay at home and only travel if a journey is essential has ended, and people are being advised to minimise the number of…
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Multi-billion pound North East Transport Plan approved
The North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) has formally approved the North East Transport Plan, setting out a £6.8bn plan to revitalise regional transport, delivering a green transport revolution for the North East.    Today, Tuesday 16 March, the Committee has signed off the ambitious plan,…
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Government urged to provide further support for public transport
The Government has been urged to provide further financial support for local bus and Metro services in North East England while they continue to recover from the impact of lockdown. Leaders of city-regions across the country have written a joint letter to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve…
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