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£4bn devolution deal offers North East fresh hope in bid to reopen Leamside railway line

A new £4bn devolution deal for the North East could be crucial to turning dreams of reopening a disused railway line. The reopening of the route, between Pelaw in Gateshead and Tursdale in County Durham, would drastically improve connections in parts of the North East cut off from rail travel.

The major agreement between seven councils and the Government is set to bring a raft of new money and decision-making powers to the region, with a new North East mayor due to be elected in 2024. And local leaders hope that striking the deal might also be a key step towards achieving one of the region’s biggest and most expensive ambitions – the restoration of the mothballed Leamside Line.


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