Over £17m will be spent on road improvements in the build up to Christmas as the Highways Agency continues with its year round maintenance.Read the full story ›
After the clocks have gone back, a road safety organisation is proposing putting them forward again in order to "save lives".Read the full story ›
A new high-speed rail link across the Pennines - dubbed "HS3" - could slash journey times for commuters between cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Hull.
However, the idea would saddle taxpayers with a bill for £7bn.
ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports:
David Cameron said a third high-speed rail line in the north, known as HS3, was about "connectivity" not just faster journey times.
"It's recognising that if we link up the great cities of the north of England they could become a northern powerhouse to rival the dominance of London," the Prime Minister said.
He added: "It's a fundamental rebalancing, it's part of our long-term economic plan and we're only able to do it because we've got a successful, growing economy."
Train journey times between northern cities could be halved after ministers backed plans for a third high-speed rail line in the north.Read the full story ›
Newcastle Airport has announced their first scheduled nonstop trans-Atlantic service.
United Airlines will be introducing a new nonstop flight between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport next year, subject to government approval.
The flights, which will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, will run from 23rd May to 7th September 2015 five times a week.
The cost of an economy ticket will start from just over £500 and will take less than eight hours.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders says he is delighted with the announcement:
This new service will be hugely significant, in terms of further enhancing regional connectivity, growing the regional economy, attracting inward investment and encouraging inbound tourism from North America.
The Local Authorities and our partner organisations will work hard to make the route a success.
Newcastle Airport employs 3,200 people on-site and contributes £646 million to the local economy each year.
A Metro was evacuated this morning (October 24) after a train fire.
The fire service were called at around 7:40am after reports of the fire on the carriages between Howdon and Hadrian Road.
Commuters were forced to wait outside Hadrian Road for another train.
One commuter who was on board said that they were "forced to evacuate" after the back carriage "set alight and filled with smoke!"
Metro services were suspended between North Shields and St James - they were then reinstated between Wallsend and St James.
Trains are now running.
The A1032 across Newport Bridge on Teesside is due to reopen to vehicles next week on Wednesday, 29th October.
Stockton Council has adapted the way the repairs are being carried out and a large tunnel-style scaffold has been built to allow motorists to use the road while the work is going on.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said plans to reopen the bridge have been weather dependent:
The very high winds we’ve had in the last few days have made it unsafe to progress the scaffold as quickly as we’d have liked.
It’s unfortunate that we’ve lost this time but the forecasts are not indicating weather that should cause any further delays and contractors are working flat out so the bridge can open with two lanes in each direction from Wednesday.
We know the works have caused a lot of frustration and look forward to the congestion easing once the bridge reopens.
There will be a 17.5 tonne weight limit throughout the works, which will prevent use by some heavy goods vehicles, but buses will be unaffected and access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained throughout.
Northern Rail have tweeted that due to a derailed freight train, lines are blocked between Newcastle and Sunderland.