New plans would link the Metro system to old railway lines which have been closed to passengers for more than 50 years.
In Northumberland towns like Ashington, Bedlington and Blyth have tracks which are still used by freight trains.
But people living in the South East of the county say it's a waste that people can't commute and connect with the rest of the region.
Our correspondent, Frances Read, has been to Bedlington Station which is one of the proposed towns on the new network.
A Northumberland motorcyclist killed in the Isle of Man TT race has been described as 'one of life's gentlemen'.
Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2 on Friday. He was competing with his son, Carl, who was uninjured.
Customers have laid flowers for Mr Bell at his motorcycle dealership in Bedlington. One friend and customer, Anthony Reay, spoke to ITV News earlier.
The organisers of the Isle of Man TT have offered their 'deepest sympathy' to the family of a Northumberland biker who died in the race.
Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in an accident at Ballaspur during Friday's Sidecar Race 2.
ACU Events Ltd released the following statement:
Flowers have been left at the showroom owned by a Northumberland motorcyclist who died in the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2. He was competing with his son, Carl, who was uninjured.
A biker from Northumberland has died in the Isle of Man TT races.
Sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2 in which he was racing with his son Carl, who was reportedly uninjured.
Meanwhile, on the same day as Andrew Soar, 32, of Loughborough died in a separate crash whilst taking part in a different race.
The two deaths bring the number of fatalities at this year's event to five.
It comes a week after sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed during the first day of the races on June 4.
Dean Martin, 58, also died from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Pre-TT classic on May 28.
Police investigating an arson in which two cars were burned in Bedlington have released CCTV footage of the incident.
The two cars were set alight between 11.50pm on Thursday, March 17 and 12.10am on Friday, March 18 on Knox Road.
Police want to identify the man in this video:
Neighbourhood Inspector, Trevor Oakley, said: "Fires of this type can be very dangerous and it is fortunate that no one was injured, particularity residents living near to the parked cars.
"We are appealing for help from the community and anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity around the time of the fire should contact us to help find the person responsible.
"Anyone who believes they may have information to assist with the investigation should contact police straight away."
Up to 50 new jobs could be created in Northumberland after major retailer, Lidl unveiled plans for new investment in the county.
Blyth and Bedlington are set for new stores as the county council’s plans to regenerate the towns.
In Blyth, the supermarket giant is planning to move into a bigger store on Cowpen Road, which will double the size of the existing outlet.
In Bedlington a new store is planned at the Council’s current Day Care Centre off Schalksmuhle Road.
Work is set to start in the New Year and the stores will aim to be open before Christmas 2016.
A rapist has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a woman in her home.
The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house, in South Tyneside, where it happened.
Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.
Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court but was found guilty by a jury.
His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.
Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, both orders last a full lifetime.
The judge told Rosean: "She was utterly terrified.
"You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.
"It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.
"What you did has had a significant impact upon her.
"She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self confidence by your offending."
The court heard the victim's work and family life have been hugely effected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "This has had a significant impact on her, she had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home."
A man had to be taken to hospital after having part of his ear bitten off when he was attacked in Northumberland.
The victim was assaulted inside a flat on Front Street East in Bedlington at around 6:50pm on November 21. He was taken to Wansbeck Hospital before being transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for further treatment.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.
Police are appealing for information after a hit and run collision in Northumberland. A woman and her three children were driving in Glassey Terrace in Bedlington on September 28, when a red Peugeot car tried to overtake them. The Peugeot collided with their car and did not stop.
The collision caused substantial damage to the victim's car.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.