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Train fare dodger jailed for 15 months

Caroline Elstob Credit: British Transport Police

Fare dodger Caroline Elstob has been jailed for making 31 train journeys over a seven-month period without paying.

The 51-year-old, of Westmorland Road, Newcastle, extensively travelled on trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh, York and Leeds and local stations between September, 2015 and March, 2016 and defrauded four train companies a total of £1,615.70.

She was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court for 15 months for fraudulent rail travel, theft and breach of a Community Behaviour Order.

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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.

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.

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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.

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:

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