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WW2 Lancaster bomber returns to North East airfield

Lancaster bombers at an airshow in East Sussex earlier this month Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

One of the last flying Lancaster Bombers is returning to the airfield where it was based during World War Two.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was built in Canada but operated out of RAF Middleton St George, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane will take part in a flypast at 3pm on Thursday, 28th August.

Panel production at Nissan temporarily transferred

Panel production at Washington's Nissan plant - the UK's biggest vehicle production factory - has been temporarily transferred.

There has been an over-run in scheduled maintenance work that has meant panel production has had to be transferred to a different press line.

Workers have been given the option of booking in lieu time or holidays until the work is completed, or carrying out other jobs at Nissan's plant on Wearside.

We can confirm the production schedule has been temporarily suspended at Sunderland Plant following scheduled maintenance work in our Press Shop.

Panel production is being transferred to an alternative press line for vehicle assembly to resume in the coming days.

Following the repair we will return to full production on both lines, so customers can be reassured there will be minimal impact on their orders.

– Spokesman for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

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Train operators shortlisted for rail franchises

Six train operators have been shortlisted for two franchises covering the North of England.

The Government has promised a 'a world-class rail network' for passengers, but added that the franchise bidders would need to improve customer service and passenger satisfaction on the two networks.

The franchises connect passengers travelling into and between Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, and onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Those competing for the Northern franchise are Abellio, which is currently running Northern, Arriva and Govia. The three shortlisted for TransPennine Express (TPE) are FirstGroup, Keolis and Stagecoach. FirstGroup and Keolis currently operate TPE in a joint venture.

The Campaign for Better Transport and the RMT transport union have expressed concern that rail services in northern England could be cut.

The Government said bidders will be expected to show how they will make the most of the Government's £1bn investment programme for the rail network in the North of England, which will provide faster and more reliable journeys, more capacity, better trains and improved connections for passengers across the region.

"Building a railway that is fit for the 21st century is a vital part of our long-term economic plan, connecting businesses and communities, generating jobs and boosting growth, and we need strong private sector partners to help us achieve this ambition."

– Rail Minister Claire Perry

Hartlepool nuclear plant shut down for safety tests

Hartlepool's nuclear power station has been shut down and will remain closed for an estimated eight weeks while safety tests are carried out, after a defect was found at a similar plant in Lancashire.

Hartlepool nuclear power station normally generates enough electricity for two million homes

EDF Energy, which runs both plants, said the tests were a precaution and no problems had been found so far with the plant in Hartlepool. Staff will continue to go into work but no electricity will be generated while the plant is shut down.

A defect was discovered in a boiler unit at the company's plant in Heysham, Lancashire, which has the same design at the 30-year-old power station in Hartlepool.

Wi-Fi tractors keep fans connected at Tour de France

Tractors are being given a hi-tech makeover so they can create Wi-Fi hotspots for cycling fans heading to watch the Tour de France.

The tractors, which have newly-fitted receivers, will keep Tour de France fans connected. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, arrives in Yorkshire on Saturday 5th July. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, arrives in Yorkshire on Saturday 5th July. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

They will be parked up in four of the busiest sections of the Yorkshire route and will provide a free Wi-Fi service from newly-fitted receivers.

The project is a collaboration between the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency and the National Union of Farmers. The tractors will feature in Hawes, Grassington, High Bradfield and Holme.

The Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, arrives in Yorkshire on Saturday 5th July.

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Clegg and Cable open new aerospace plant

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable open aerospace plant on Wearside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Deputy Prime Minister and Business Secretary are on Wearside to open a £100 million aerospace factory.

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable met with engineers at Rolls-Royce in Washington, which will make engine parts for aircraft.

It is hoped the new plant will safeguard hundreds of manufacturing jobs.

Monkey paralysis research: How it works

Researchers at Newcastle University, working with macaque monkeys, have shown that by connecting the brain to a computer and then the computer to the spinal cord, it is possible to restore movement.

They say the discovery opens up the possibility of new treatments within the next few years which could help stroke victims or people with spinal cord injuries regain some movement in their arms and hands.

The team trained macaque monkeys to pull a handle. The monkeys were temporarily paralysed, using a drug that wore off after two hours. The monkeys had no movement in their hands. But when the stimulation circuit was switched on the monkey could pull the handle.

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