NECA sets out bold ambitions for Metro and local rail services

The North East Combined Authority has agreed a strategy for investment in Metro and local rail to improve passenger journey and kick start an expansion of high quality local rail for the region. The Metro and Local Rail Strategy identifies a network of disused or under-used rail routes across North East England which could benefit […]

Regional leaders seek assurances over devolution agreement

Regional council leaders are seeking assurances from Government that the terms of the North East devolution deal will be honoured. At a meeting this morning, members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) Leadership Board agreed to write to the Government to request confirmation that the terms of the deal, signed in October 2015, would […]

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 […]