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.
Police have closed both carriageways of the A66 close to Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium after a two huge steel pipes fell off an HGV into the path of a second lorry.
It's thought the second HGV collided into the pipes which are 40 foot long and 4 foot in diameter. Nobody was hurt in the accident.
The second lorry was carrying a liquid but there has been no spillage. Officers were called just before 11.30. Cleveland Fire Brigade is at the scene.
Drivers have been warned the road will remain closed in both directions for at least four hours.
Police are at the scene of a major crash on the A69 near Hexham in Northumberland. A man was killed following the collision between a car and a lorry. A diversion is in place eastbound via the Military Road.
The A69 is blocked near Hexham following a fatal crash. Eastbound diversion in place via the Military Road (B6318) from Greenhead.
One lane blocked on the A19 northbound on the exit slip road due to a broken down car at the A66.
A6088 Southbound is partially blocked following a accident at Carter Bar (A68). A lorry has hit a tree 2 miles south of the Scottish Border. Only cars can pass.
The main carriageway is closed on the A1 northbound at junction 59 (Aycliffe) because of an accident overnight. A lorry hit the central reservation and overturned, shedding its load and causing a fuel spillage. Traffic is very slow.
Grants have been awarded to three people from the North East to acquire knowledge from overseas to bring back for the benefit of others in their communities.
The trio receiving the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships will travel to three continents between them and carry out a range of projects.
Paula Turner, a dancer from Gateshead, will visit Australia, the US and Europe to examine improvisation and circles as models for community wellbeing.
Frances Ridley, an outreach manager from Durham, will travel to the US to research university and community partnerships.
And Matthew Bower, a Newcastle support walker, will travel to Australia to investigate alternative approaches to the needs of homeless populations.
Very slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions due to ice on A688 in both directions between A167 (Spennymoor) and A689 / B6287 (Bishop Auckland).