North East economic review

Recommendations are published to boost the North East economy.

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Transport charity responds to North East economic review

The Sustans charity, which promotes sustainable transport, has responded to the publication of the North East review to encourage economic growth in the region.

The charity welcomed some proposals, but also commented that they did not think that others were the answer to the congestion problem.

“Investing in roads is not the answer to congestion and won’t benefit the North East’s economy in the long term, however the report’s proposal to set up Transport North East and its focus on transport is welcome.

“Two thirds of journeys made by car are less than five miles and with these local trips responsible for many of our traffic and congestion issues it is vital we make it easier for people to walk, cycle and take public transport."

“Investment in walking, cycling and public transport has a key role to play in cutting congestion, increasing productivity and improving access to jobs which will ultimately make the North East a better place to live and work.”

– Tom Bailey, Sustrans Network Manager

Lord Adonis 'profoundly optimistic' for North East economy

A blueprint for the North East economy has been published aimed at generating tens of thousands of jobs.

It follows 6 months of fact finding, led by the former Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis.

The strategy aims to create 60,000 private sector jobs and to double the number of apprentices.

It was commissioned by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which was set up almost 2 years ago to encourage economic regeneration across Tyneside, Wearside, Northumberland and County Durham.

The report also backs proposals for a 'combined authority', where councils within the North East LEP area would work together on subjects such as transport and economic development.

Lord Adonis said he was 'profoundly optimistic' for the future but warned 'there is no time to lose'.

The blueprint does not include the Tees Valley, which has its own Local Enterprise Partnership: Tees Valley Unlimited. It said it welcomed the plan by its neighbouring LEP and expected to continue working together in the future.

Helen Ford was at the launch of the North East Independent Economic Review on Wearside. Watch her report here:

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Target of 60,000 new jobs for North East

A blueprint has has been launched aimed at revitalising the economy of the North East. It aims to create 60,000 jobs and double the number of apprenticeships.

It also backs plans for councils to work together in areas like transport and skills.

The report follows six months of fact finding, led by the former Cabinet minister Lord Adonis.

It was commissioned by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership which covers Tyneside, Wearside, Northumberland and County Durham.

Lord Adonis spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees at the launch in Washington

New economic blueprint launched for North East

The Labour peer Lord Adonis has been visiting the North East to promote a new blueprint designed to promote economic growth.

The plans follow six months of fact finding which have now proposed closer working relationships between the regions's councils.

Other key aims of the plans include the creation of 60,000 private sector jobs, better transport links and doubling the number of youth apprenticeships.

Lord Adonis launches economic review

Lord Adonis with trainee staff at Nissan in Sunderland Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Former Labour minister Lord Adonis has launched the North East Economic Review. He has been leading a team drawing up recommendations of how the region can boost growth over the next 15 to 20 years.

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