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Train manufacturer to build new commuter trains in County Durham in £230 million deal

A train manufacturer will build 95 new carriages in County Durham to connect the North-East with Manchester and Liverpool.

Hitachi Rail Europe's site in Newton Aycliffe will deliver the order worth £230 million for FirstGroup’s TransPennine Express franchise.

Another train built by Hitachi.

Trains are expected to be on the tracks by 2019.

First Group now taken full ownership of the franchise and plans to invest £500 million in improving trains, service and some stations.

Broken down train causing delays between Edinburgh and Newcastle

There are delays of up to one hour on Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh Waverley and Newcastle due to broken down train between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth.

A recovery train is en route. Disruption is likely to continue until around 17:00.

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Man dies after being struck by a train in Co Durham

File photograph of a British Transport Police officer Credit: PA

A man has died after being hit by a train in County Durham.

British Transport Police and emergency services were called to Croxdale Viaduct, Sunderland Bridge at around 5.45am this morning, September 3rd, following a report of a person struck by a train.

Officers from BTP and Durham Constabulary attended the incident, alongside colleagues from North East Ambulance Service. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is currently not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Police are currently working to identify the man and inform his family.

Full Report: Northumberland railway set to be restored?

A proposal to re-open passenger rail services between Newcastle and Ashington in Nothumberland has been put before the Transport Secretary today.

The route was closed to passengers over 50 years ago and is now only used by freight trains.

It is hoped that the service could reverse economic decline and unemployment in South East Northumberland, as Richard Wilson reports.

Watch his full report below.

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Full report: Taxi drivers unhappy with new station layout

Taxi drivers in Newcastle say they're paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for just five spaces outside the city's train station.

Work has just started on improvements to the area, which will include pedestrianising what was the taxi pick-up point. Already, some of the drivers say they're unhappy with the new layout.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:

Taxi drivers unhappy with new layout of Newcastle Central station

Taxi drivers in Newcastle say they are paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for just five spaces outside the city's train station.

Work has just started on a multi-million pound refurbishment of the station. But already some taxi drivers say they are unhappy with the new layout.

Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:

Full Report: Bids begin for East Coast privatisation

Bids can begin for the East Coast mainline after the Government invited private companies to takeover the running of the service within the next two years.

Virgin Trains had already registered their interest within hours of the announcement - and more companies are set to follow.

The line was nationalised in 2009 when National Express struggled to meet their costs, but the Government now say that it is in the interest of passengers for it to be handed back to a private company.

However, unions believe that the move would waste millions of pounds.

You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

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