Transport has been highlighted by the NEvolution campaign as a key tool to help get the region’s economy moving.
The north east benefits from world class export businesses, meaning that key to the ongoing success of the area is the development of strong connections to markets in the UK and overseas.
Officials behind the NEvolution campaign, which is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give the region more money in his forthcoming Spending Review, believe that further investment in transport links can spur on further growth.
Road links are seen as a key part of the transport mix, with the campaign calling for investment in the A1 to remove bottlenecks, and make the route dual carriageway all the way from north of Morpeth to Scotland.
Investment in the East Coast main railway line has also been highlighted as a key economic driver, not only in relation to passenger services – such as connecting the north east to high speed trains at the earliest opportunity – but also moving freight to and from the region.
North east ports also play a key role in the export of goods, with the Port of Blyth reporting a growth in trade over recent years.