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North East News

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The Tyne and Wear Metro is recruiting its next generation of train drivers, who – after completing their training – will earn almost £35,500 a year. You might think that’s a pretty good wage just for driving a train, but drivers will need to cope with unsocial hours, be comfortable...
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With the spring bank holiday coming up – and the weather predicted to be quite sunny – you may fancy popping along to a nearby beach for a dip.  If you’re looking for clean water, litter-free sands and decent facilities, it might be wise to head to North Tyneside.  North Tyneside...
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While some folks might be jetting off abroad this bank holiday weekend to catch a bit of sun, what are the prospects for those staying in the north east?  Though predicting the weather is far from an exact science, the forecasts are saying that we’re likely to have quite a...
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A recent survey has revealed that the residents of the north east are more likely to binge drink than people in other parts of Britain.  The survey, by the Office for National Statistics, shows that an incredible 40% of the north east’s drinkers are binge drinking at least once a...
60% of North East Businesses Dissatisfied with North East's Infrastructure
A report by the employers’ organisation the CBI has found that 60% of the north east’s businesses feel the region’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. The same report claims, however, that if the local infrastructure was boosted, it could benefit the north east’s economy by £5.5 billion a...
The Flying Car Is Here - Thanks to an Engineer from the North East
It might sound like something from a science fiction film, or at least a James Bond movie, but soon you could be commuting to work in a car that could grow wings and soar into the sky if the traffic got a little heavy.  That’s assuming you had a few...
New Generation of Metro Trains Could Have Wi-Fi and Air-Con
Ambitious plans have been revealed for the next generation of trains on the Tyne and Wear Metro.  There are plans for carriages to feature Wi-Fi, charging points, electronic information screens and extra luggage space. These proposals are the result of a consultation exercise – conducted earlier this year – which...
Twice as Many Antidepressants Prescribed in North East as in South East
Recent research has shown that more than twice as many antidepressants are prescribed per person in the north east than the south east of England.  The number of antidepressants prescribed in England as a whole has increased by seven times during the last twenty-five years, a new study of NHS...
Tropical fish with coral, clams and anemones in the background.
Newcastle University scientists aim to find out if selectively bred corals can help save reefs that have been damaged by climate change. Higher sea temperatures can cause coral bleaching, where they lose the friendly algae that give the corals their colour and supply some of their nutrients. Over time, bleaching...
Dublin Legends to Play North East - Interview and Dates
The Dublin Legends, the band formed from ex-members of The Dubliners, are due to play the Customs House, South Shields, on March 24th. Founded in 1962, The Dubliners helped popularise Irish folk music around the world with their mix of up-tempo songs, street ballads and instrumentals. Though The Dubliner’s line-up...

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