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Smash on Blue House roundabout

Police on Tyneside closed the road from Gosforth near Newcastle to the Blue House roundabout after two cars were in collision. The roof of one of the cars had to be removed by the Tyne and Wear fire bridage to remove a woman trapped inside. Occupants of the cars were taken to hospital but it is not thought there were any serious injuries. The crash happened around 7.30pm causing long tailbacks of traffic in the surrounding area. The junction connects Gosforth to the city centre and the routes out to North Tyneside and some routes to Northumberland.

Two cars in collision near Gosforth Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Traffic queuing towards Gosforth on Tyneside Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle to New York flight cancelled due to incoming aircraft issue

Today’s flight from Newcastle Airport to Newark Airport in New York was cancelled due to a mechanical issue on the incoming aircraft, say United Airlines.

137 passengers were due to fly on the UA159 from Newcastle at 09:15 this morning when it was cancelled, because the incoming aircraft did not arrive.

The Airline has said their customer service team at Newcastle Airport is providing assistance to customers and making arrangements for them to complete their journeys.

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TRAVEL: Newcastle to New York flight cancelled

A United Airlines flight from Newcastle Airport to Newark Airport in New York has been cancelled this morning, June 15.

A view of the skyline in New York City. Credit: PA

It comes less than a month after the first direct flight to New York started from Newcastle.

Tyne and Wear Metro boasts rapidly rising passenger numbers

The Tyne and Wear Metro has the fastest growing passenger numbers in the country outside of London.

There were 38.1 million journeys on the Metro in the twelve months until the end of March 2015 - a 6.7% rise, according to the Department of Transport.

The figures were released in a Government report into the performance of England's light rail and tram systems.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said the growth in passenger numbers was down to ticket prices being kept low and because of the improving economic climate.

The Metro's passenger growth was only bettered by the Docklands Light Railway in London.

Train delays across the country due to signalling problems

There are delays of up to 40 minutes up and down the country due to signalling problems between York and Malton.

Disruption is expected to last until at least 5pm. Credit: PA

Some affected operators are:

  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley
  • CrossCountry between Plymouth and Aberdeen
  • First Transpennine Express between Liverpool Lime Street and Middlesbrough

Disruption, which is expected until at least 5pm, is also affecting Grand Central and Northern.

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Man dies after crash on A1 near Stannington

A man has died after a crash on the A1 near Stannington, in Northumberland.

At around 9.45am today a van and a car collided on a slip road just off the A1 near the village of Stannington. Paramedics gave a man medical treatment at the scene but he has now died.

The slip road is currently closed and diversions are in place.

EasyJet launches new routes from Newcastle

EasyJet has announced it's launching three new routes this month from Newcastle International Airport to Split in Croatia (2 June), and the Greek islands of Rhodes (4 June) and Corfu (7 June).

The airline handed out ice creams and beach bags to passengers travelling on its inaugural flight from Newcastle to Split this morning.

EasyJet says more than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of Newcastle on the three routes from June to October this year alone.

Jennifer Groves, easyJet's UK regions route manager, said:

“It has been fantastic to mark easyJet’s new routes by meeting our first passengers flying to Split today. We hope they enjoyed this morning’s events and are confident they will love all that the Croatian city has to offer.

“EasyJet provides a great variety of destinations from the North-East with 15 exciting beach, city and ski destinations for customers to choose from. With easy and affordable service there really is something for everyone.”

Chris Sanders, aviation development director at Newcastle International Airport, commented:

“We welcome these new easyJet routes which will make it easier for North East holidaymakers to reach Greece and Croatia this summer.

“Rhodes and Corfu are long time favourites from this airport while Split offers the prospect of beach holidays as well as the opportunity for three and four night short breaks in and around this interesting city.”

Direct flight to New York leaves Newcastle

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A non-stop service between Newcastle Airport and New York got off the ground this morning.

The direct flight to Newark Airport is the first in a trial being operated by United Airlines that will run until September.

The airline says that if the route proves popular it could become a more permanent service.

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Newcastle Airport is largely owned by seven local authorities in the North East, known as the LA7.

Councillor Iain Malcolm is leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders. He said: "The route marks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage tourism."

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