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Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) has announced its plans to introduce a new high speed express train service on the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross, Newcastle and Edinburgh in December 2016. The trains will slash journey times by more than an hour.
The trains will slash journey times from an average of 4 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 43 minutes between London and Edinburgh, and to 2 hours 29 minutes between London and Newcastle.
The journey times will be shorter because they will be using tilting trains, which can travel at higher speeds on a curved track. The nine-coach trains, with around 500 seats, will be updated versions of the ‘Pendolino’ train.
9-year-old Joshua Easby, who went missing earlier, has been found safe and well.
Police have released more pictures of 9-year-old Joshua Easby who was last seen at 7.30am in Kays Café in Billingham. Joshua left the cafe upset. Anyone who sees Josh or has any information is asked to call the emergency number 999.
Missing 9-year-old Joshua Easby is around 3ft tall, slim build, dark short hair with a long fringe to the side. He was last seen wearing a black coat and school uniform with maroon jumper, trousers, light blue polo shirt underneath carrying a black bag with red stripe on.
Anyone who sees Josh is asked to call 999.
Police are urgently appealing for information to trace 9-year-old Joshua Easby, who was last seen at around 7:30am in Kays Café in Billingham. Anyone who sees Josh or has any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on the emergency number 999.
Police are urgently appealing for information after a 9-year-old boy went missing. Joshua Easby was last seen at 7.30am in Kays Café in Billingham. Officers say he left the cafe upset. Anyone who sees Josh or has any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on the emergency number 999.
The Enchanted Parks event returns to Saltwell Park in Gateshead tonight.
Now in its eighth year it will give students from the region's universities an opportunity to show their work alongside professional artists.
In December's political programme, Helen Ford talks to the region's newest MP Emma Lewell-Buck about the whirlwind start to her career.
Also - the challenge of dementia care, and the young adults who are facing 50 years in the workplace before they can retire.
And, as the world mourns Nelson Mandela, our panel of MPs considers the lessons of his life for politicians the world over.
An inquest into the death of Chis Brown, who was shot by Raoul Moat, has delivered a verdict of unlawful killing.
Coroner Terence Carney said that despite the police and the prison service being made aware of Raoul Moat's possible intentions to cause harm, the exact threat he posed was not known.
Our Correspondent Gregg Easteal has been following the inquest and he joined us live from Birtley, where the tragedy unfolded in 2010.
Darlington has the most outstanding or good primary schools in the whole of England, according to new figures.
The report, by education watchdog Ofsted, has found that the County Durham town tops the national league for the percentage of primaries being awarded the highest ranking.
Rachel Bullock reports.