The urban south east makes up only 3% of the land, but accommodates more than 46% of the county's population, offering easy access/commuting to the Tyneside conurbation
The other continuing infrastructure issue in the North East is the much campaigned widening/upgrading of the A1 north and south of the Tyneside conurbation
and improvements to the east/west links to Cumbria and the M6/M74 motorways as well as further investment in the East Coast railway.
The piecemeal Lobley Hill in-fill on the A1 Western Bypass recently announced is just kicking the can down the road when what is really needed is for the Tyneside conurbation
to be bypassed by motorway out to the west, connecting Newcastle Airport and on out to Morpeth.
The trust has written to Northumberland County Council urging it not to scrap the financial support it gives to the service, which is seen by many as an important transport link between the north of the county and the Tyneside conurbation
But food is still very much at the heart of the estate, which stands on the edge of the Tyneside conurbation
near Rowlands Gill, a few minutes' drive from the Metrocentre.
The Tyne Valley is a very busy and popular commuter area for the Tyneside conurbation
with easy access via the A69 and A695 roads, the Tyne Valley railway and improved bus services to Newcastle.
The urban south east, which comprises only a small percentage of the land area but hold 60% of the population, offers easy access to the Tyneside conurbation
The city has yet to even make a decision on the issue - but already people such as Lewis Goodall of the regional policy think-tank IPPR North are talking openly about a directly-elected leader or "metro mayor" not just for Newcastle but the entire Tyneside conurbation
The continuing infrastructure issue in the North East is the much-campaigned widening/upgrading of the A1 both north and south of the Tyneside conurbation
and improvements to the east/west links to Cumbria and the M6/M74 motorways.