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£10 million to improve Newcastle's cycleways

It's hoped the money will make cycling safer in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle is to get ten million pounds to improve cycle routes in the city.

The money, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will expand and improve cycle and pedestrian networks to encourage people to cycle to work.

It follows an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at a cycling summit last November to extend £115 million of funding for eight cycling cities across the country.

In January this year Newcastle successfully bid for a share of the money.

"We are in the midst of a cycling revolution in the UK but we need to make sure we're in the right gear to see it through. That's why I'm so pleased to announce this investment for Newcastle to make it easier for people to get around on two wheels.

"With the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year still fresh in our minds, this money can help Britain become a cycling nation to rival the likes of Denmark and the Netherlands.

"Research shows us that boosting cycling could save billions of pounds otherwise spent on the NHS, reduce pollution and congestion, and create a happier and safer population."

– Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg
Newcastle will receive £10 million Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Research commissioned by British Cycling, found if the UK became a cycling nation, like the Netherlands or Denmark, it could:

  • save the NHS £17 billion within 20 years
  • reduce road deaths by 30%
  • increase mobility of the nation's poorest families by 25%
  • increase retail sales by a quarter

"Cycling is great for your health and good for the environment, and this government is doing all it can to help more people get out on their bikes.

"We have doubled the amount of money available for cycling and taken steps to make sure that future governments plan properly for cycling.

"This investment shows our continued commitment to making cycling even easier and safer, and our ambition to help make these cities better for cycles."

– Robert Goodwill MP, Cycling Minister

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Police concern for missing Blyth woman

Jacqueline Davis failed to return home from work on Friday Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police have appealed for information about a missing woman from Blyth.

Jacqueline Davis, 43, was reported missing on Friday, 27th February, after she failed to return home from work in the Newburn area.

Ms Davis is described as white, 5ft tall, and of slim build with long, blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a dark coloured knee length skirt.

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Suspected drink-driver crashes car over barrier

North Yorkshire Police released this picture of a car balancing on a roadside safety barrier after crashing at a roundabout at junction 44 of the A1(M).

Below the wooden fence is a steep drop onto the motorway below.

Police released this picture of the car via Twitter Credit: N. Yorks Police Roads Policing Unit

The Roads Policing Unit also released a second picture of the scene showing how the car had come off the road.

The driver has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside breath test, according to police.

The crash happened on a roundabout near Bramham Credit: N. Yorks Police Road Policing Unit

Pedestrian, 19, seriously injured after being hit by car

A 19-year-old man has life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car, early on Sunday morning, in Jesmond, Newcastle.

It happened just before 1:30am on the Great North Road, about 400m from the junction with Clayton Road.

Police said that "for reasons yet to be established", the pedestrian "collided in the carriageway" with a VW Passat car travelling south towards the city centre.

He is now being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, and his condition is critical but stable. Police are appealing for witnesses to what happened.

East Coast: 'Best deal for passengers"

The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.

The route which links London with Edinburgh has been operated by the Department for Transport since 2009. But it has now been jointly taken over by Virgin and Stagecoach.

Protests were held yesterday by the RMT union, which has described the handover as an "act of gross national betrayal of the British people".

A Department for Transport spokesman said they were confident that the new East Coast franchise gave the best deal for passengers - providing more seats, more services, new trains and over £140 million of investment along the route.

The skills and experience that the private sector provides drives forward innovation and investment, and has helped to transform our rail network into a real success story.

– – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT SPOKESMAN

Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher said the ending of the state-run East Coast company was "a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike".

David Cameron's ideological sell-off has ended a public sector service which has delivered over £1 billion to the Treasury, kept fares down, had record passenger satisfaction and engaged the workforce with unparalleled success. It is clear that when it comes to transport, people have a straight choice - the status quo or Labour's better plan. Labour will start the process of legislating in the first 100 days of a new parliament to allow a public sector operator to be able to take on lines and challenge the private sector on a genuinely level playing field.

– – SHADOW TRANSPORT SECRETARY MICHAEL DUGHER
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