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North East MP urges bus company to introduce weekly child ticket

Tom Blenkinsop MP has urged bus firm Arriva to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

A Teesside MP has written to the bus company Arriva urging them to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket.

The firm has weekly tickets available for Adults on Teesside from £19.50 but there is currently no equivalent offer available for children.

Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said:

As it is currently the school holidays, hundreds of families across my constituency will be looking to utilise Arriva’s bus services to travel around this and the surrounding area. However, the lack of any sort of weekly travel ticket for children is off-putting for commuters as it leads to spiralling travel costs, particularly for parents with more than one child.

I am aware that such tickets are available for adults using your bus services. Therefore, have written to Arriva to enquire whether they have any plans to introduce a weekly ticket for children across all their services to reduce the financial burden on parents and to make travelling on public transport an economically viable alternative for families in my constituency.

– Tom Blenkinsop MP, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

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Newcastle Airport set for 'big summer getaway'

More than 50,000 passengers are expected to pass through Newcastle Airport this weekend Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle Airport is set for its busiest weekend of 2015 as the UK school summer holidays get underway.

More than 50,000 passengers are expected to pass through the terminal as holidaymakers from across the North East head for warmer climate.

Passengers planning to travel to the airport via the Tyne and Wear Metro are being warned that there is no service running between the Airport and South Gosforth due to modernisation works. A replacement bus service is in operation.

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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.

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.

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