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The North East has a long and proud rail history.

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With HS2 trains set to serve both Newcastle and Durham

the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) are working to ensure high speed rail supports the region’s future.

The trains for the world’s first public inter-city steam railway, built by Northumberland-born George Stephenson, were manufactured just a stone’s throw from today’s Newcastle Central Station. That tradition continues today, with Hitachi Rail building trains in County Durham, and Newcastle University and Newcastle College’s Rail Academy providing research and training for the rail industry.

They are looking to build on the North East’s unique position at the intersection of Scotland and the broader northern economy.

The arrival of HS2 services will also support Durham’s ambition to double employment in its thriving tourism sector. Durham County Council plans to capitalise on the arrival of HS2, the reputation of its world-class university and skilled workforce to attract new high growth enterprises with the development of the business quarter near the station. A new business park at Aykley Heads will deliver 70,000 square metres of new office space that could deliver over 6,000 jobs to the city.