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NORTH-EAST RDA BACKS DOWN ON AIRPORT PLAN AFTER MOWLAM INTERVENES

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One NorthEast, the regional development agency for north-east England, has revised plans to turn Teesside airport i...
One NorthEast, the regional development agency for north-east England, has revised plans to turn Teesside airport into a freight centre, reports the Financial Times (p12).

The RDA caused alarm on Teeside when its draft economic strategy document recommended Newcastle airport become the main centre in the north-east for passenger travel.

Mo Mowlam, MP for Redcar, met John Bridge, One NorthEast's chairman, to discuss the document.

Keith Legg, Ms Mowlam's constituency assistant, said: 'She told John Bridge she did not like the language of the document. What she wants is a level playing field where one airport will not be pushed against the other.'

The RDA, which is based in Newcastle, is today expected to issue a pledge to help both airports develop to their full potential.

Newcastle, with three million passengers a year, currently has four times Teeside's throughput.

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