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Train manufacturer to build new commuter trains in County Durham in £230 million deal

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.

Another train built by Hitachi.

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.

Two day closure of lanes on Newcastle's Central Motorway

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.

The closed lane marked by traffic cones. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The closed lane marked by traffic cones. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

The lorry that crashed on Thursday morning at around 2am, damaging the Central Motorway barriers Credit: Northumbria Police

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