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.
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.
No trains Monument - St James due to a points failure. More info to follow.
A lane will remain closed each way on the Central Motorway in Newcastle for at least two days. The other two lanes will remain open.
Important info about Newcastle Central Motorway lane closure below - we apologise for any inconvenience caused - RT. https://t.co/PQfMLvfwo8
The closure is between the 1318 Claremont Road / Claremont Road and A189 Grandstand Road (Cow Hill).
It's to allow for repair work after a lorry crashed their earlier this morning (Thursday).
Newcastle City Council say they apologise for any inconvenience.
Delays of up to one hour are expected on trains between York and Doncaster due to a signalling problem.
The A167 Tyne Bridge is closed on the way to Newcastle. Three vehicles are involved between A184 Askew Road (Gateshead) and A167(M) Pilgrim Street Roundabout (Newcastle Upon Tyne).
No trains Benton - Shiremoor due to a police incident. More info to follow.
The A194 Leam Lane has been closed westbound due to a serious accident involving four vehicles between the A1300 John Reid Road/Auckland Terrace and the A19 at Lindisfarne roundabout.
There is queuing traffic heading from South Shields towards Gateshead.
There are currently no Tyne and Wear Metro services running between Bede and South Shields due to power supply problems. Tickets are being accepted on Go North East bus 27 services.
Five cars have been involved in a collision outside the Corner House at the crossroads of Heaton Road and the Coast Road in Newcastle this afternoon, August 20th.
Motorists are advised there has been a collision on Heaton Road/Coast Road and there may be traffic delays in the area
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