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Walkergate Metro Station Renovation

Nick was joined by the three Labour Councillors for Walkergate to mark the opening of the refurbished Walkergate Metro Station. The new station has improved access, new seating and better lighting, as well as a lift onto the platform for the first time. Nick commented “It is great to see the Metro modernisation programme delivering [...]

Metro Upgrade Works Taking Shape

Nick Brown was at Chillingham Road Metro Station in Heaton today to see the impact of the £500m cash boost delivered by the last Labour Government. As Regional Minister for the North East Nick played a key role in securing the upgrade works, will go towards renewing stations and rolling stock, installing new ticket machines [...]

Nick backs campaign to bring Hitachi factory to Newton Aycliffe

Nick Brown has given his backing to a campaign to bring a factory that manufactures High Speed Trains to the North East. Over the next few months the Government will be deciding whether it will sanction the manufacturing of high-speed trains as part of the Intercity Express Programme. Japanese manufacturer Hitachi is now looking to [...]

Metro To Be Revitalised By £1/2bn Government Cash Boost

Nick Brown has welcomed today’s announcement of a £580m government grant to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro network. Transport Minister Sadiq Khan visited Tyneside to confirm the plans, saying the Metro was “an iconic transport system and the lifeblood of the local community”. Up to £350m will be spent on modernising stations, installing new [...]

A Future for Regional Airports

Nick Brown MP today hit back at suggestions made by a senior Tory that consideration should be given to the closure of a North East airport. Lord Michael Bates has questioned the need for Durham Tees Valley airport. Nick said: “Both Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley are successful, privately run Airports. Nearly 25% of the [...]

North East High Speed Rail Link Pledge

Further coverage of Nick’s speech to the North East Economic Forum in today’s Journal: THE prospect of a high-speed rail link to the North East took a major step forward last night when a senior Government minister promised to meet train bosses and prepare a detailed business case. Minister for the North East Nick Brown [...]

£300m Investment Programme for the Metro

This summer marks the first anniversary of my appointment as Minister for the North East. It’s been a productive year. Making the case for job opportunities to be based within the region, for the area to build on its reputation as the UK’s centre and leader in green technologies, and doing what I can to [...]

The Case for Public Bus Transport has Never Been Stronger

The following is a speech which Nick made in the House of Commons on 8th February, setting out his thoughts on the future for local bus services in Newcastle. You can find the full debate here: Nick Brown: It is a rare pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley, North and [...]

Strengthening the Passenger Transport Authority

The following is a speech which Nick gave in the House of Commons when introducing a Bill to strengthen passenger transport authorities. You can read the full debate here. I beg to move,”That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable passenger transport authorities in certain metropolitan districts in England to regulate passenger [...]