With Jamie Driscoll and Ben Houchen now installed as elected mayors across the North and South of the region, Steven Hugill looks at the North East Combined Authority’s position in the region’s political environment Standing at a lectern, moments after the final ballot papers were counted, Jamie Driscoll made his inaugural speech as North of […]

Reformed combined authority meets for the first time

A POWERFUL partnership that will lead the economic development of four of the North East’s seven local authority areas has met. Leaders from the newly constituted North East Combined Authority (NECA), made up of Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland, have come together for the first time since the former NECA disbanded to allow Newcastle, […]

Statement on behalf of the Leaders of Durham County, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils

A statement issued on behalf of the leaders of Durham County, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils; Councillors Simon Henig, Martin Gannon, Iain Malcolm and Graeme Miller, said: “The North East has an abundance of assets and vast economic potential and the four North East Combined Authority councils – Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and […]


Ambitious North East Combined Authority (NECA) plans to help transform the region’s transport network and boost its economy have taken a step forward. NECA is one of 10 authorities shortlisted for a share of the Government’s £840m Transforming Cities Fund, which if successful it hopes to use to tackle congestion hotspots and improve transport connections […]

5G Technology for the North East Region

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North East Combined Authority have jointly investigated the opportunity presented by 5G technology for the North East region, and are highly regarded by industry and Government to be a key place to promote the advancement of 5G technology. Unfortunately for our region, the recent DCMS funding for […]

Like the countryside? Access Forum seeks local volunteers

Tyne & Wear residents are encouraged to play a part in steering how our countryside is looked after by joining the region’s Joint Local Access Forum….

£4M Rapid Charging Stations Contract for Fastned UK

TWO new electric vehicle rapid filling stations are planned for motorists in Newcastle and Sunderland. The city centre stations, which will be designed, built and run by Fastned UK, are both close to major routes and are to help meet charging needs for the growing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. Rapid charging […]

Further difficulties move back historic tunnels’ re-opening date

Further difficulties move back historic tunnels’ re-opening date The expected reopening of the historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels between Jarrow and Howdon has been pushed back to Autumn 2018. Engineering conditions and contractual problems have continued to affect progress on their refurbishment. The expected date was confirmed at the meeting of the NECA (North […]