New chair appointed at combined authority

The new chair of the North East Combined Authority has described being appointed to the role as ‘an honour’. Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, was appointed chair at the annual general meeting of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) yesterday. This followed the announcement by Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County […]

New funding gives the go-ahead for smarter travel

A programme to cut congestion, improve health and boost the economy by promoting alternatives to car use has been given the green light for the North East. Go Smarter, which encourages people to explore and use sustainable modes of transport, has secured an extra £2.34million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to continue […]

Great freight operators recognised

A scheme to recognise safe and responsible freight operators in the North East has honoured the best in the industry. The North East Freight Partnership, which is overseen and supported by the North East Combined Authority (neca) handed out its second annual awards at the partnership’s latest meeting at the Port of Tyne headquarters. Each […]

New business network to keep the region moving

A new business network has been launched in the North East to help keep the regional economy moving by addressing local transport issues. The Go Smarter Business Network will meet the transport needs of businesses in the region and help encourage employees to get out of their cars and adopt a greener commute to work. […]

Drivers reminded of new Tyne Tunnel tolls

Tolls paid by drivers using the Tyne Tunnels are to go up by 10p from midnight on Saturday 21 May. The new tolls will apply to motorists using the tunnels from Sunday 22 May. The North East Combined Authority (neca), which owns the Tyne Tunnels, has confirmed that the 10p increase will apply to both […]

North East agrees devolution deal

Members of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board have confirmed their support for the proposed devolution agreement for the area, which includes the establishment of an elected mayor. It means that more key decisions regarding transport, the economy and skills will be made in the region. Cllr Simon Henig, chair of the North East […]

Leadership Board – devolution update

The Leadership Board of the North East Combined Authority has today (March 24) agreed the following recommendations to: (1) Note the content of the report, the outcome of the consultation undertaken and the financial implications of the Devolution deal as set out in the North East Combined Authority Devolution Agreement entered into on 23 October […]

Health and Social Care Commission – call for evidence

People across the North East are being invited to help determine how health and wellbeing can be improved across the region. The Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East is looking at how more joined up working and collaboration could help address health inequalities and enable residents to live more healthy […]