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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.

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

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.