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Fire on Tyne and Wear Metro carriage, which filled with smoke

The Northern Echo:

10:28am Friday 24th October 2014

COMMUTERS were evacuated after fire broke out on a train on the Tyne and Wear Metro network today.

Road safety warning as clocks go back

5:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEW figures have revealed a sharp rise in road accidents when the clocks go back, prompting a safety warning from experts.

Airbag issues leads to Nissan Micra recalls

The Northern Echo: test

2:39pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

CAR company Nissan, which has a plant in Sunderland, is to recall more than 5,000 UK vehicles due to a potential airbag problem.

Family thanks public for helping after woman hit by bus

8:03pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE family of a woman who was struck by a bus, suffering serious injuries, have thanked passers-by for their help.

Police probe as rally sabotage leads to 19 cars crashing off the course

The Northern Echo: RALLY: Police are investigating the cause of an accident at a rally in which 19 cars came off the road

7:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MORE than a dozen rally drivers crashed their cars amid accusations of foul play during a high profile event in North Yorkshire.

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson clocked speeding after filming in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Jeremy Clarkson

12:02pm Saturday 18th October 2014

TOP Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is to receive points on his driving licence after being caught speeding after filming in North Yorkshire, he has admitted.

Claims that North-East rail fares are cheaper than the South is a "myth", says a passenger group

6:03am Saturday 18th October 2014

CHEAP North-East rail fares are a "myth" that should be dispelled, campaigners say as the Government proposes increasing tickets prices to pay for better services.

Labour's plan to challenge controversial re-privatisation of the East Coast derailed

6:03am Friday 17th October 2014

PLANS to try to block the controversial re-privatisation of the East Coast rail line have been dropped, Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh has suggested.

Wheels in motion for launch of Darlington park and ride

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: Bill Dixon leader of DBC and Kate Roe Principle of Darlington College launch the park and ride bus which starts on Saturday from Darlington College. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (11568658)

1:19pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE WHEELS are in motion for the launch of a park and ride service in Darlington.

Council admits error over disabled parking signs - and refunds motorists

The Northern Echo: PARKING ISSUE: The parking bay outside The Northern Echo office on Priestgate, Darlington where there has been an issue over the suspension of parking within it.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11496504)

2:14pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A COUNCIL is to refund disabled motorists who received penalty tickets after admitting signs used to advertise the suspension of a parking bay were not good enough.

Talks to tackle 'Wild West' taxi chaos

The Northern Echo: Claypath, Durham

5:11pm Monday 13th October 2014

URGENT talks are planned to tackle traffic chaos plaguing a city centre.

Opinion divided on use of Pacer trains

3:39pm Friday 3rd October 2014

APPARENTLY it wasn't the brakes I could hear squealing as the Pacer train slowed down as it pulled into stations, but the axles. Inaccuracies in stories about trains are usually spotted pretty quickly such is the passion they invoke.

Shake, rattle and roll - Echo reporter takes a Pacer train to Saltburn

The Northern Echo:

5:22pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AS the Echo's Right Lines campaign to improve the region's railways gathers pace, Joe Willis takes the train to Saltburn to find out what life is like on board a notorious 30-year-old Pacer train.

Extra patrols for level crossings

The Northern Echo: LOOK OUT: Extra police patrols will be in place at level crossings throughout the region as part of a week of action

6:28pm Monday 29th September 2014

POLICE officers are to carry out extra patrols at level crossings in the region in a bid to deter misuse of them.

Corrosion and lack of lubrication contributed to crash-landing at Durham Tees Valley Airport

The Northern Echo: AIR DRAMA: The plane on the tarmac at Durham Tees Valley Airport, surrounded by flame retardant foam

5:21pm Monday 22nd September 2014

AN investigation into a crash-landing at a North-East airport has found that corrosion and lack of lubrication contributed to the accident.

Plan to give North new transport powers to be unveiled with weeks - Nick Clegg

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Thursday 18th September 2014

A BLUEPRINT for giving the North new transport powers will be unveiled within weeks, Nick Clegg pledges today (Thursday, September 18) – after the “shot in the arm” of the Scottish referendum.

Upgrade starting on key road junction next week

The Northern Echo: Works due to start at key road junction next week. TOM BANKS.

4:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WORK upgrading and re-shaping a key road junction starts on Monday (September 22).

£600m cost of A1 dualling 'a price worth paying' - MEP

6:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A EURO MP says the potential £600m cost of turning the A1 into a dual carriageway between Newcastle and Scotland is a price worth paying.

Minister's comments on train overcrowding are "strange"

The Northern Echo: ACT NOW: Claire Perry

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

MINISTERS have been accused of misleading passengers after blaming train firms for the region’s worst overcrowded trains.

Sapphire service given royal seal of approval

The Northern Echo: KATE AND HARRY: Royal lookalikes launch a new bus service in Middlesbrough. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A NEW bus service has been given the royal seal of approval when two special passengers climbed aboard.

Train operator told to remedy overcrowding issues

The Northern Echo: ACT NOW: Claire Perry

5:02pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

TWO train journeys across the region are on a list of the “most overcrowded” in Britain – forcing huge numbers of passengers to stand.

Rewards offered as battle stepped up against power line thieves who put lives at risk

7:02am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE battle against power cable thieves is being stepped up as power chiefs with the offer of cash rewards for those that help put them behind bars.

Nick Clegg joins calls to scrap Pacer trains

The Northern Echo: Nick Clegg says free meals will boost pupils' performance in school

6:03am Tuesday 9th September 2014

NICK Clegg has joined calls to scrap the North’s decrepit ‘Pacer’ trains – arguing it is “ludicrous” that they are still running.

Fears raised Government has set wrong tone for rail service refranchising

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

IT is agreed that the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express refranchising exercise will shape the region's rail services for years to come.

Northern Echo launches campaign calling for major investment in North-East rail

The Northern Echo: ROLLING STOCK: A Northern Rail Pacer at Darlington railway station. Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

NOW is the time for the Government to think big and invest in the North-East and North Yorkshire's rail network.

Van carrying windows and conservatory parts crashes on A69

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

A VAN carrying windows and conservatory parts has crashed on the side of the A69 near Corbridge, Northumberland.

Shortlist of firms bidding to run region's rail services branded as "same old greedy companies"

The Northern Echo:

10:37am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE shortlist of train companies bidding to run the region's rail services have been announced by the Government .

North-East "being ignored" in new train plans, says MP

The Northern Echo:

6:24pm Sunday 17th August 2014

AN MP has said the North-East has been "totally ignored once again" in a Government consultation on rail travel.

Grand Central 'most trustworthy' says survey

The Northern Echo: POSITIVE MARKS: A Grand Central Train at Eaglescliffe Station.

12:10am Friday 15th August 2014

GRAND Central Rail is one of the UK’s most trustworthy rail companies, according to a national survey of passengers.

Fire engulfs prison van on A19 - one lane closed

The Northern Echo:

2:44pm Monday 11th August 2014

A HUGE blaze has engulfed a prison van on the A19 at Birdforth, between Thirsk and Easingwold, just after noon today.

Charter calls for Government to tackle North-South rail divide

The Northern Echo: RAIL SUMMIT: A Northern Rail train arrives at Thornaby station

5:52pm Monday 4th August 2014

CAMPAIGNERS will today (Tuesday, July 5) publish a charter calling on the Government to tackle what they claim is the "North-South rail divide".

East Coast success means line should not be re-privatised, says union

The Northern Echo: MAKING MONEY: An RMT demonstration in 2009 celebrating the East Coast Main Line being brought back into public ownership. The union claims the owners have transformed the line's fortunes and it should remain out of private hands.

5:01pm Monday 4th August 2014

NEW figures showing that the publicly-run East Coast Main Line is handing back £235m to taxpayers this year is evidence that the line should not be re-privatised, a union claims.

Police bid to save lives by targeting North-East railway trespass hot-spots

5:20pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

POLICE officers are to target railway trespassing hot-spots in a bid to save lives after a rise in incidents in the North-East.

Mobile speed camera locations this week in North Yorkshire (July 30 - August 5)

The Northern Echo: Police reveal speed camera locations

4:41pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ENFORCEMENT locations for police mobile safety cameras for week commencing Wednesday July 30, 2014.

Protests over rail franchise consultation

The Northern Echo: RAIL SUMMIT: A Northern Rail train arrives at Thornaby station

4:59pm Monday 28th July 2014

A TRANSPORT union has pledged to ratchet up its campaign against a "bogus" consultation on the future of rail services in the region.

Highways Agency issues A19 closure warning

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Highways Agency is warning motorists over the closure of a section of the A19 next week.

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

The Northern Echo: : Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484964)

5:16pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

Police appeal over train staff attack on Whitby to Middlesbrough train

The Northern Echo:

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE have released images of a man wanted over an attack on a railway worker on a train.

Steam engine project on track as fundraising reaches £1m

The Northern Echo: IN THE FRAME: Supporters and sponsors of the Prince of Wales locomotive gather at Darlington Locomotive Works for a dedication ceremony. The main party pictured, from left, are David Elliott, director of engineers, MP Jenny Chapman, Mark Allatt, project c

4:13pm Monday 21st July 2014

STEAM enthusiasts can sponsor a piece of the region’s railway history as fundraising for a multi-million pound locomotive reaches more than £1m.

Delays ahead as work starts on improvements to busy roads

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

2:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

WORK to improve three busy road junctions and ease traffic congestion in Chester-le-Street begins this weekend.

Minister refuses to rule out train fare increases for the region

The Northern Echo: TRANSPORT BOSS: Patrick McLoughlin

2:53pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

LOCAL rail fares may have to soar across the North -East to pay for better services, the Transport Secretary has warned.

Ministers hit back over airport policy

5:06pm Monday 14th July 2014

MINISTERS have denied a flagship policy to help regional airports is a flop – with Newcastle set to miss out altogether.

Work to smooth journey on A66

5:21pm Friday 11th July 2014

OVERNIGHT work to tackle wear and repair on the A66 between Brough, in Cumbria, and the border with County Durham, at Stainmore, started this week.

Motorists travelling to Glasgow Games urged to plan ahead

The Northern Echo: Research suggests that many travelling to the Commonwealth Games are prepared to spend up two hours on the road and plan to base themselves in towns and cities in the North-West, North-East and Yorkshire

5:54pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

DRIVERS travelling to the Commonwealth Games this month are being urged to plan their journeys.

Police travel warning after heavy early morning rain

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

9:42am Tuesday 8th July 2014

POLICE are advising motorists to take care on the region's roads this morning after heavy rain in some areas.

Trans-Pennine rail electrification plan in jeopardy

The Northern Echo: POTENTIAL EMBARRASSMENT: Chancellor George Osborne

6:32am Friday 4th July 2014

RAIL chiefs have refused to guarantee a key scheme to improve Northern rail services will go ahead – warning the cost is still unknown.

Bid to find local community heroes

1:14pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A RAIL company is launching a contest to find people along its routes who make a difference to their local communities.

Nissan defends barely-used electric car charging points

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Howlands Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340930)

6:03pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

CAR giant Nissan has jumped to the defence of the region’s barely used electric vehicle charging points.

Mobile speed camera locations this week in North Yorkshire and County Durham (June 25 - July 1)

The Northern Echo: Mobile speed camera locations this week in North Yorkshire

4:46pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

ENFORCEMENT locations for police mobile safety cameras for week commencing Wednesday June 25, 2014.

UPDATED: Main road reopens after six-hour closure due to spilled lorry load of instant mash

The Northern Echo:

9:20pm Saturday 21st June 2014

A SECTION of the busy main road in North Yorkshire was blocked for almost six hours after a lorry shed its load of instant mashed potato.

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