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Region gets £13 million to tackle potholes

The North East and North Yorkshire have been given a £13 million potholes fund. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Across England, the Government has given £168 million to 148 councils. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
It is hoped that three million potholes will be fixed across the country by March 2015. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

More than £13 million of Government money has been made available to fix potholes across the North East and North Yorkshire.

Nearly £8 million is being distributed to North East councils, and over £5 million is being given to North Yorkshire. In total, the Government is giving £168 million to 148 councils in England. They are hoping to fix three million potholes by March 2015.

Older Northumberland students to lose free transport

Northumberland County Councillors today (May 29) agreed to end free transport for students who are older than 16, saving £2.4m a year.

Students from low-income families and those with special needs will not be affected.

The new scheme will come into effect from 1 September. Students already in the scheme will not be affected.

The council says it will work with schools, colleges and other training providers to make sure that older students’ access to education in their own area is continuously improved.

It says it will monitor the impact of the new Post-16 policy on an on-going basis following the changes.

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Northumberland road closed after level crossing failed

Police have closed a road in Belford, Northumberland, after the level crossing failed.

Officer were called at 8.45am to reports that the barriers are currently stuck in the down position.

Network Rail are at the scene repairing the barriers and have advised this may take most of the day. The road is closed from the A1 Cragmill Road towards Wareham Mill while the repairs take place. Drivers should use the B1342.

Metro staff to strike next Wednesday

Tyne and Wear Metro staff will strike next Wednesday.
Tyne and Wear Metro staff will strike next Wednesday. Credit: PA wire

Members of the RMT union have announced strike action on the Metro next Wednesday; the day of the One Direction concert at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

DB Regio, which operates Metro stations and train say it will prioritise moving concert-goers and operate a reduced Metro service.

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25 years since Carlisle Settle railway line was saved

The Carlisle Settle railway line was saved 25 years ago today Credit: PA

Celebrations are due to begin to mark 25 years since the Carlisle to Settle railway line was saved.

It had been threatened with closure since the early 1980s until Michael Portillo, the transport secretary at the time, saved it.

A commemorative train ride will take place later this morning.

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25 years since Settle-Carlisle railway line was saved

The Waverley steam train heading into North Yorkshire over the Ribblehead viaduct. Credit: PA
The service had been threatened with closure since the early 1980s. Credit: PA
Michael Portillo was the Transport Secretary when the decision to save the railway line was taken. Credit: PA

Celebrations will be taking place today to mark 25 years since the Settle-Carlisle railway line was saved.

It had been threatened with closure since the early 1980s but Michael Portillo, the then-Transport Secretary, took steps to safeguard it. A commemorative train ride will take place later this morning.

Thousands fined for driving with no insurance

Thousands of drivers across the North East have been fined for driving without insurance.

Between 2010 and 2013, almost 16,000 motorists were sentenced for the offence.

But the numbers are falling; in 2010, 5649 were fined across Northumbria, North Yorkshire, Durham and Cleveland.

In 2012 that had dropped to 5116.

Across the UK, almost half a million drivers were caught and fined for having no insurance between 2010 and 2013, according to research compiled by Churchill Car Insurance.

Pothole 'catch up' costs

The 'catch up' cost of fixing potholes is £12billion, according to a report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

The total is an increase on the £10.5billion figure reported last year, despite a 20% decrease in the shortfall in annual road maintenance budgets reported by local authorities.

"Our new data, along with the AIA Survey, shows that Britain's roads are ill-prepared for the economic recovery and unfit for purpose for many road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

"It is unacceptable that each winter, whether it is frost or rain, our roads are crumbling and give way too easily."

– AA president Edmund King
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