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Plans released for new Metro trains

The future of the Metro? What new trains could look like in the next 20 years Credit: NECA

The NECA (North East Combined Authority) and Nexus have set out what they are calling 'their vision' for transport in the region over the next 20 years.

‘Our Journey’ sets out a wish list for a new Metro fleet and improvements to the network.

It will be discussed at a meeting later this month in more detail (July)

Replacing the Metro trains and electrifying the line though could cost upwards of £500 million.

Some of the main aims of the vision over the next 20 years are:

  • Replace outdated Pacer trains and deliver an essential new fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro
  • Create a regional express network, with high quality, faster trains and more routes electrified
  • Open new local stations on current lines, re-open key disused lines, consider more Park and Ride stations.
  • Upgrade freight-only sections to passenger use and build new routes
  • Devolve greater control to the region, so local rail and Metro can be managed together to deliver a higher standard for stations,information and customer service
  • Work with rail industry partners to address overcrowding and improve cycle access ontrains

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Wharton 'disappointed' at Boris leadership u-turn

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has expressed his disappointment at Boris Johnson's decision to pull out of the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

The Stockton South MP said yesterday's announcement was disappointing as Mr Johnson had given him assurances regarding the future of the party and Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Mr Wharton said he would be speaking to all the party's leadership candidates before deciding who to back.

Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:

Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.

North East 'must not lose out' after Brexit

The North East must not lose out as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union, according to the Shadow Europe Minister.

Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, had campaigned to Remain in the EU and now says the 'Leave' camp need to deliver on guarantees it given to the region during the referendum.

Mrs Glass told ITV News:

Nigel Farage said that the North East would not lose out from the money that comes from the EU. We've got to hold those people's feet to the fire and make sure that happens.

– Pat Glass MP
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