The RMT union has called for the renationalisation of the railways at a protest against fare increases in Newcastle.
The union's regional organiser, Micky Thompson, criticised the proposed 6.2% rise for January, confirmed today.
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White Rose flags and crowds half a dozen deep met the riders as they swept through the towns and villages of North Yorkshire.
The Black Cats boss has spoken to the media following his side's one nil defeat to Bournemouth which relegated them from the Premier League.
The Black Cats will play next season in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League.