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 […]

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 […]

£10million to upgrade transport systems in the North East

13 March 2019 Improvements to cycleways and bus routes are set to appear across the North East thanks to £10 million of funding announced during the Chancellor’s Spring Statement (13th March). Over half of the funding will provide improvements for cyclists, with new route connections in Newcastle and Sunderland, as well as increased connectivity to […]

Drivers reminded of new Tyne Tunnel tolls

29 April 2019 Tolls paid by drivers using the Tyne Tunnels are to increase at midnight on Sunday, 12 May. The new tolls will apply to motorists using the tunnels from Monday, 13 May and will increase by 10p for cars and 20p for heavy goods vehicles. The North East Joint Transport Committee, which owns […]

North East wins Government cash for rapid charge points for electric taxis

8 February 2019 The North East has been successful in a £500,000 bid to install rapid electric charge points for taxis and private hire vehicles across the region. The funding through the Government’s OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) Taxi Fund will pay for new rapid charging points for 19 vehicles at 10 locations. The […]