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 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.
The A68 in Northumberland is closed in both directions between A696 (Elishaw) and Cottonshope Road (Byrness).
A lorry overturned near The Redesdale Arms at Rochester.
Police are advising drivers to use the A1 or A697 to travel between Scotland and England.
The A66 has been closed between Brough and Bowes due to snow and ice.
The snow gates are shut on the road which runs from Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire to Penrith in Cumbria.
One person died and several more were injured after a three-vehicle crash near Saltburn, according to the Great North Air Ambulance.
It happened at around 5pm on Friday evening.
Cleveland Police said they were investigating a 'serious collision' but had no further details.
Several people have been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash near Saltburn.
The A174 Brotton bypass is currently closed at the junction with North Skelton to the Kilton Lane roundabout after the incident at around 5pm this evening.
The Great North Air Ambulance was sent to the scene along with several ambulances and paramedics.
The injured people have been taken to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough.
More to follow.
A section of the A19 southbound which was closed due to a tanker spillage has now reopened.
The southbound junction with the A689 near Wolviston on Teesside closed last night after flammable liquid spilled onto the carriageway.
Police said there was no issue for drivers or those living nearby.
The road reopened shortly before midnight.
A track fault is causing severe delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro this morning.
Services between the Regent Centre and South Shields, and the Regent centre and South Hylton are affected.
– Anthony Winter's Sister
"Anth was the best brother anyone could have, he would always help anyone. I want people to remember him for who he was. His three beautiful children will never forget him.