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.
The news that average rail fares could increase by around 3.5% next year sparked anger but also understanding among passengers in the region. Unions claim costs are rising too quickly for people, while the government says extra money is used to improve services.
Mickey Thompson, from the RMT Union, claims that a rise in rail fares would be unjust to passengers:
The A167 onslip on the A1 southbound is currently closed due to an accident.
The southbound carriageway is passable but there are delays.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.
One woman was injured in the collision has been taken to hospital for treatment.
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.
Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro are facing severe delays due to a technical problem.
The routes affected are between Haymarket and South Shields and between Haymarket and South Hylton.
The A19 southbound is closed after a crash involving three vehicles.
Traffic is queueing after the accident between A690 Durham Road / B1286 City Way (Herrington Interchange) and B1404 Seaton Lane.
The A1 Western Bypass Northbound is blocked and there is queueing traffic because of an accident at A692 Lobley Hill Road, B601 Lobley Hill Road. There is congestion to A1(M) J65, A194m, A1231, B1288 Birtley. Travel time is estimated to be around 20 minutes.
Trains between London and the North East of England and beyond may be delayed because of a lineside fire.
All lines are currently blocked through the area of the fire, which is between Huntingdon and Peterborough. There is no estimate so far as to when normal service will be resumed.
The A189 northbound near Cramlington in Northumberland is closed after two separate crashes this morning (Thursday).
Officers are in the area and diversions are in place from Moor Farm roundabout to Three Horseshoes roundabout.
East Coast trains has lifted all ticket restrictions for this evening as another storm closes in.
The train operator is advising passengers to travel as early as possible as forecasters predict wind speeds of up to 70 miles per hour across the North East.
– East Coast spokesman
We have been closely monitoring weather conditions and taking advice from the Met Office throughout the day.
Our advice to all customers is to complete journeys as early as possible this evening, to check before setting out, and to allow extra time to make your journey.