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The latest news headlines for Newcastle and the North East

Newcastle has been named among the cities leading the world on climate change as chiefs push to reach net zero by 2030.

Newcastle first achieved the status last year and city council bosses have outlined a massive action plan which includes cutting energy consumption in homes by 30% and recycling 20% more waste.

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Elsewhere, the Royal Victoria Infirmary are pleading for people to get vaccinated to help ease the pressures on the city’s NHS staff.

Hospital bosses have expressed concern after the RVI received a record number of patients coming through A&E with some waiting 13 hours for a bed.

And finally, city transport chiefs have announced plans for three new low traffic neighbourhoods.

Arthurs Hill, Fenham and Heaton could be turned into low traffic neighbourhoods and  locations outside of Westgate Hill Primary and Hotspur Primary school will be permanent school streets to improve safety during pick up times.

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