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.
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.
Police have named the cyclist who was involved in a collision on the A68 yesterday as 24 year old Anthony Winter from Darlington.
Anthony Winter was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash with a lorry near Burtree Lane.
The driver of the lorry, a 50 year old man from Barnsley was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Plans for roadworks on the A1 in Gateshead are going on show.
The new layout includes an extra lane near Lobley Hill to ease congestion.
Plans can be seen at Dunston Activity Centre and Lobley Hill Primary.
Work is due to begin later this year.
A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a cyclist died in a crash near Darlington this morning.
It happened on the A68 at Burtree Gate at about 8am. The cyclist was a 24 year old man from Darlington. The road was closed for several hours but has now reopened.
Durham Police are appealing for witnesses after the death of a cyclist on the A68 in Darlington.
Sergeant Jon Curtis said:
– Sgt Jon Curtis, Durham Police
"I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and would ask them to come forward. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the cyclist, who was wearing florescent clothing, riding a black mountain bike and travelling westbound on the A68 immediately prior to the incident."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Police have arrested a lorry driver after a cyclist was killed in Darlington this morning.
The 24-year-old collided with a lorry on the westbound carriageway of the A68, about quarter of a mile west of Burtree Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.
The driver of the lorry, a 50-year-old man from Barnsley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is currently helping police with their enquiries.
The A68 has now reopened after a cyclist died in a collision involving a lorry.
A cyclist has died in a crash with a lorry on the A68 west of Darlington.
The road will be closed between A1 J58 and the A6072 Coatsay Moor Lane for several hours.