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 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.
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."
Newcastle Airport has warned that flights to and from the city may be affected, due to air traffic control strikes in France.
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Police are warning about the risks of shining laser pens at aeroplanes.
It comes as figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show almost 100 pilots reported being targeted over the North East in the last two years. Offenders could face large fines or a jail sentence if they are caught.
Bruce Storey, from Northumbria Police, said the offence went "way beyond a prank". Meanwhile, Graeme Mason, from Newcastle Airport, stressed that "heavy security" is in place to keep passengers safe.
East Coast is reporting problems on its journeys between the North East and London.
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A lorry carrying a hazardous substance has come off the road on the A697 in Northumberland. Police say that the material in the lorry poses a very low level of potential radioactivity. The substance has not slipped onto the road.
The road will remain closed between Lemmington Crossroads and the Bridge of Aln until the vehicle has been removed.
The substance the lorry was carrying has been identified to pose a very low risk, however, we recognise people may be concerned and I would like to reassure them that everything is being done to ensure the vehicle is removed and the road is reopened as soon as possible."
The fate of over 100 bus routes in North Yorskhire will be decided later today.
The County Council is looking to save over one million pounds by reducing bus subsides. Fewer buses running and fare increases for passengers are among the measures that will be considered.
Northumbria Police are warning motorists to be wary of fog this morning.
The foggy conditions are expected to be seen across the North East until midday today.
Officers are asking members of the public to plan extra time for journeys, adapt their speed, leave safe distances between vehicles and use fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced.