The leader of Northumberland County Council is 'pretty confident' of getting the backing of the Transport Secretary for a major rail project in the south-east of the county.
Coun Peter Jackson has reiterated why he is so keen to reintroduce passenger rail services between Ashington and Newcastle on the day he welcomed the Transport Secretary to hear more about the proposals.
Chris Grayling MP said: "“The Government’s spending a huge amount of money in and around our cities. The Transforming Cities Fund is well over a billion pounds for about a dozen of our leading cities so there is finance there for a project like this. I’m waiting to see the proposal to spend that money wisely in this area.”
You can read and watch more from the Transport Secretary's visit here.
Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service