Thomson has announced it will provide a weekly service from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Ibiza in summer 2014
At a cost of £33 billion, this train line is neither cheap nor very popular with those living along its route.
Operators promise to work better together, with simpler fares, if a proposal to give control of the network to local authorities is dropped.
Police are warning drivers to take extra care on North East roads in the current weather conditions.
Main routes throughout the area are passable with care but drivers are advised of standing water caused by heavy rain and to moderate their speed according to the conditions.
The A68 is closed in both directions, due to a jackknifed lorry at Elishaw, Northumberland.
Police say ice is affecting all roads in the area.
Traffic on the A1 is at a standstill southbound between Bowburn (j60) and Bradbury (j61) because of an overturned caravan.
A689 in Wynyard closed at junction with A19 because of fuel spillage
There is disruption on East Coast train services between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and on Grand Central train services between Sunderland Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at Retford.
Tickets are being accepted on Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country and Virgin services.
All lines are currently affected and some services may be delayed by up to two hours or affected by diversions.
The disruption is expected to continue through to the evening peak time.
Northbound is clear on at A1 western bypass. Work is finished on the southbound carriageways but the cones will not be removed until Monday.
Emergency services are on the A1 between the Kenton Bar roundabout and the Kingston Park/Gosforth turn off. Four vehicles are involved, one of which was on fire. The road is closed northbound.
The A19 is now closed in both directions between the junctions with the A1130 and the A174, due to a serious accident. It is expected to reopen at 9.45am.
The A19 southbound is closed between the junctions with the A1130 and the A174, due to a serious accident. It is expected to reopen at 9.45am.
Services have been suspended on the Tyne and Wear Metro between St James and Chillingham Road due to a broken down train.
Tickets are being accepted on Stagecoach services.