Adapting to the new normal and readying for the recovery: In conversation with Councillor Iain Malcolm

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Chair of the North East Combined Authority, explains the importance of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group and his aspirations for its work now and in the future. There has never been a more important time for a strategic approach to economic leadership as the North East business community strives to […]

North East transport chiefs urge Chancellor to commit to upgrading the East Coast Main Line

The body responsible for transport in the North East has urged the Chancellor to commit to upgrading the East Coast Main Line when drawing up next month’s Budget. Councillor Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and Leader of Gateshead Council, has written to Rishi Sunak MP seeking his support on transport […]

North East transport chiefs welcome HS2 announcement

The body responsible for transport in the North East has welcomed the Government’s announcement that HS2 will go ahead – but said urgent investment was needed in the East Coast Main Line now for the region to feel the benefit from future high-speed trains. Councillor Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee […]

North East transport chiefs send Christmas ‘wish-list’ to Government

The body responsible for transport in the North East has sent its Christmas ‘wish-list’ to the Government urging ministers to move transport in the region forward. Councillor Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and Leader of Gateshead Council, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport seeking his support on […]

NECA Declares a Climate Emergency

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has formally declared a climate emergency.   The declaration was made after a motion was agreed at the combined authority’s Leadership Board meeting today (Tuesday, 5 November).   Each of NECA’s four Constituent Authorities – Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland – has already declared a climate emergency and […]

Transport spending in North East ‘getting worse, not better’ according to transport chiefs

19 August 2019 The body responsible for transport in the North East has slammed new planned spending figures as “woeful” and called on the Government to properly fund transport infrastructure in the region to close the gap with London. Think-tank IPPR North today published an independent analysis of planned transport spending in the regions stating […]

North East launches £377 million bid to transform sustainable travel

18 June 2019 An ambitious £377 million bid to transform the way people travel around the North East was today confirmed by two of the region’s combined authorities. A new passenger rail line for Northumberland, more park and ride around city centres, improvements to bus, walking and cycle routes and more frequent Metro services all […]

Council leaders call for more local say in how railways are run in North East England

7 May 2019 Council leaders in North East England are demanding to be given a greater say in running local train services in a Government review of the national rail industry. Cllr Martin Gannon, chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and leader of Gateshead Council, today said there was a strong case for […]