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NEWS ROUNDUP: Cost of the Freeport & leaders implored to act on climate crisis now

 

£2million of public money has gone towards the Teesside Freeport so far and leaders in the North East are being urged to act on the climate crisis now.

Mask mandate

Axing the law to wear masks on public transport is a “dereliction of duty”,  says the North of Tyne mayor. Jamie Driscoll has slammed the government's decision, saying it should not be down to drivers to intervene. Anyone not wearing a mask on the Tyne and Wear metro won't be denied access.

While wearing a mask will continue to be a ‘Condition of Carriage’ on the network, bosses confirmed that they cannot strictly enforce the rule and would use it instead as a “base for positive encouragement”.

In London, by contrast, mayor Sadiq Khan announced that teams of specialist enforcement staff would patrol Transport for London’s services and refuse entry to people not wearing masks.

Metro operator Nexus does not have such an enforcement team and Mr Driscoll said that the job could not be left to drivers, urging the Government to step in and reverse its decision to remove the legal mandate.

Teeside Freeport

So far a total of £2million in public funds has gone towards the Teesside Freeport. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has said it will attract investors and provide up to 18,000 jobs. However the benefits are disputed by some who state freeports simply divert existing economic activity.

Tackling the climate crisis
North East leaders have been urged by a citizens assembly to retrofit all houses, axe free car parking, and plant thousands of trees to fight the climate crisis. A report shows that the assembly is urging leaders to act now, saying that climate change is a credible, urgent and real threat and threatens all we value.


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