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In Pictures: new rail factory on schedule and on time

The final piece of track leading to the Hitachi factory Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Final piece of track that will link the Hitachi factory with the rail network Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Photocall for some of the workers who have worked on the project Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The line that links the factory with the main rail network Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newton Aycliffe factory on right track for completion

On track for completion Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A County Durham factory where hundreds of train carriages will be built is on target to be completed.

The final part of the track connecting the Hitachi factory at Newton Aycliffe to the rail network was laid today.

When it's finished the building will become the company's main European factory for train manufacturing, employing 700 people.

It will be the base for constructing the new Great Western Main Line and East Coast Main Line trains .


Hitachi train factory 'on track' to open in 2015

The construction of a train factory in County Durham, where hundreds of new train carriages will be built for Intercity and ScotRail contracts, is on target to be completed later this year.

Hundreds of train carriages will be built at the site in Newton Aycliffe

More than 700 people will work at the plant in Newton Aycliffe, where hundreds of new train carriages will be built.

Today the final part of the track will be installed, connecting the factory to the rail network for the first time.

Car crashes into wall in Peterlee

Cleveland & Durham Specialist Operations Unit tweeted this picture of a car driving over a fence and crashing into a wall in the early hours of this morning, March 25.

The team in Durham say no serious injuries were reported.

Flight from Newcastle diverted because of illness

A flight from Newcastle to Barcelona had to be diverted because a passenger was taken ill.

Easyjet flight EZY6401 landed in Bournemouth before carrying on to Spain.

“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. The passenger was met by paramedics and the flight continued onto Barcelona.

“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the diversion and resulting delay.”

– Easyjet


Overnight closures for A1 in North Yorkshire

Traffic on the A1 near Bramham, North Yorkshire Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Motorists in North Yorkshire are being urged to allow for extra travel time during planned overnight closures of the A1.

The Highways Agency has announced overnight closures of the A1 in both directions south of Scotch Corner on March 21 and the weekend of March 28 as part of ongoing improvement work.

The road will be closed between 8pm tonight and 6am on Sunday morning.

NECC respond to transport announcement

In response to the Chancellor’s Northern Transport Strategy announcement, the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) have released a statement.

“Transport for the North represents a huge opportunity for the whole of the North of England – including the North East.

"It is vital the proposals on the table receive funding and are implemented as soon as possible.

"It is equally important the North East works together to ensure we get the maximum possible benefit from TfN as a key influence within the organisation.”

– NECC Policy and Research Manager, Mark Stephenson
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