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WHY WE’RE NO LONGER TAKING COALS TO NEWCASTLE

  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 17 July, 2021   Uniting two of the great cities in the north-east, Sunderland and Newcastle, has not always been easy. Any Mackem or Geordie will tell you it’s a longstanding, passionate and fierce rivalry. And historically, fuelled by fuel. In fact, it was this country’s long-favoured fuel – coal […]

NORTH EAST AT FOREFRONT OF EV REVOLUTION

  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 2 July, 2021   By the end of the 1970s, the UK car industry was in a mess. Constant strikes, woeful build quality and the nationalisation of British Leyland had all but destroyed our reputation as a global automotive leader. For each day that German carmakers lost to industrial action, […]

Rail Reform: They Think It’s All Over

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 22 June, 2021 AS football fans once again headed to Wembley last week for the first major tournament game between England and Scotland in 25 years, I found myself gripped by nostalgia. As the fans travelled down on quick, comfortable and clean trains, which are a far cry from those in […]

The future of rail

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 21 May, 2021 Close to Keighley, in the small village of Oakworth, is a rail station that defines this country’s love affair with the railways. With gas-lit lamps, a framed portrait of Queen Victoria, and polished signs for Brasso and Old Calabar dog food, it is a place near-frozen in time. […]