The region has received a £1.2 billion boost with the announcement of a new government contract to build trains.
270 carriages are to be manufactured by Hitachi Rail Europe at its new site in Newton Aycliffe.
More top news
A lorry driver who crashed into a bridge on the M20 in Kent - injuring a motorcyclist - has been spared jail.
Firefighters who saved the life of an 18-month-old boy have been praised for their bravery.
A woman admits causing 'life-changing' injuries to an eight-year-old boy after she drove her car into a crowd during Eid celebrations.