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North East bus companies battle to take top title

The region’s two biggest bus companies are about to go head to head with each other in a battle of the best.

Go North East and Stagecoach North East have reached the finals of the prestigious UK Bus Awards next month.

Both companies have made the shortlist in a competition to find the country’s top city bus operator and are also in the running for the UK Bus Operator of the Year Award.

The judges have noted Go North East’s continuing investment in vehicles and new technology, ticket pricing and service delivery.

They have praised Stagecoach North East’s commitment to high operational standards, community relationships and its initiatives such as ‘Back on Board’ for job seekers and ‘VIP’ schemes for young people.

Both companies will be hoping to take the honours ahead of rival entries from Nottingham, Manchester, the West Midlands and Merseyside.

The finals will take place in London in November.

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Train line expected to reopen at 12noon

Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.

A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."

Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.


Roads into Teesside 'gridlocked' as work begins on A66

Queues of up to two hours have developed due to roadworks beginning on the A66 this morning.

Drivers are reportedly waiting in queues due to a contraflow system being in place as part of £2.3m road resurfacing works.

People have taken to twitter as roads into Teesside are "gridlocked" causing increased frustration for drivers.

The queues are spreading to Darlington Road through Elton, and the A171 between Thorpe Thewles and Stockton, which are also clogged up with vehicles trying to avoid queues on the A66 eastbound into Stockton.

The Highways Agency have announced £2.3m road resurfacing works between the Preston Farm and Elton junctions on the A66 westbound carriageway.

The westbound carriageway has been closed fully and traffic in both directions is sharing the eastbound lane.

According to their press release, delays can be expected for a month:

Month of closures on A1 in Northumberland

Tonight sees the start of a month of overnight closures on the A1 near Berwick.

The road will be closed north of Haggerston as resurfacing work takes place.

The work will be carried out between Mondays and Thursdays, 8pm - 6.00am, starting the night of 29th September and finishing on 29th October 2014.

A local diversion will be in place, though this is unsuitable for wide loads, whose drivers are urged to avoid the area altogether.

An alternative diversion will take wide vehicles via the A697 Morpeth - Wooler - A698 Cornhill - A1 Berwick.

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