North of Tyne Combined Authority

Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority
North of Tyne Combined Authority within England
Founded2 November 2018
Disbanded7 May 2024
Joint committees
North East Joint Transport Committee
Meeting place
The Lumen, Newcastle Helix, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne[1]
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The North of Tyne Combined Authority was a mayoral combined authority which consisted of the local authorities of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, and Northumberland, all in North East England.[2] The authority came into being on 2 November 2018 under the statutory name Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority. The three local authorities previously formed part of the North East Combined Authority, which continued to exist covering a smaller area. The two combined authorities cooperated on the North East Joint Transport Committee.[3][4]

The authority met for the first time on 8 November 2018 at Morpeth Town Hall. Norma Redfearn, the elected mayor of North Tyneside Council, was appointed the chair until an interim mayor was appointed.[5] At the combined authority cabinet meeting held on 4 December 2018, Norma Redfearn was confirmed as the interim mayor, and remained in post until the election of Labour and Co-operative's Jamie Driscoll as the authority's first directly elected mayor.

In its levelling up white paper, published in February 2022, the UK government announced its intention expand the existing North of Tyne MCA to include the local authorities of Gateshead, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland to form a larger North East Mayoral Combined Authority and the North of Tyne Combined Authority ceased to exist in May 2024.


The authority was formed on 2 November 2018 and in May 2019, elections were held for a directly elected regional mayor who has taken control of certain powers and funding devolved from Westminster to the newly formed region.[6] A fund of £600 million over 30 years, to be administered by the new mayor, was announced in the November 2017 budget.[7]

The responsibilities and governance of the three constituent local authorities will remain unchanged.[8]

The total population of the combined area is approximately 816,000[9] and it covers an area of 2,012 square miles (5,210 km2).[10] Despite the name "North of Tyne," parts of the area are south of the River Tyne, including the towns of Hexham and Prudhoe.

On 27 April 2018, Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle City Council voted to support the proposal.[11] In November 2018 parliament approved the proposal and the first election for the combined authority took place on 2 May 2019 along with the other elections across the United Kingdom.[12]

The 2020 Spring Budget from central government reserves funding for "intra-city transport" between Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear, which has been interpreted by some as meaning the borders of the North of Tyne Combined Authority could be adjusted.[13]

Following the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper in February 2022, it was announced that the North of Tyne is proposed to be enlarged, with Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland joining. County Durham is currently in pursuit of an independent devolution plan.[14] The enlargement would come with an expansion of powers including those for transport, and incorporating the police and crime commissioner role for Northumbria Police, inline with other mayoral combined authorities. The final election took place during the May 2024 United Kingdom local elections.[14] The authority merged into the North East Mayoral Combined Authority on 7 May 2024.


Formal membership of the North of Tyne Combined Authority consists of those serving on the following statutory committees:

Local Government

Map of the local government authorities of North East England, highlighting the area covered by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

The Combined Authority consists of the following authorities (mid-2022 est. population estimates):

Authority Type Population Area (km²) Pop. Density (per km²)
Northumberland Unitary authority 324,362 5,020 65
Newcastle upon Tyne Metropolitan borough 307,565 113 2,711
North Tyneside Metropolitan borough 210,487 82 2,558


Name Picture Term of office Elected Political party
Norma Redfearn
Interim Mayor
4 December 2018 2 May 2019 Labour
Jamie Driscoll 6 May 2019 6 May 2024 2019 Labour (2019–2023)
Independent (2023–present)


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  2. ^ "Welcome -". North of Tyne. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ "The Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority (Establishment and Functions) Order 2018",, The National Archives, SI 2018/1133, retrieved 29 October 2020
  4. ^ "The North East Joint Transport Committee".
  5. ^ Eden, Tom; Seddon, Sean; Holland, Daniel (8 November 2018). "North of Tyne Combined Authority - every update from the first official cabinet meeting". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  6. ^ Seddon, Sean (24 November 2017). "Don't get why North of Tyne devolution is a big deal? Here it is simplified". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ "More details of north of Tyne devolution deal announced". BBC News. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Questions about devolution -". North of Tyne. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  9. ^ Newcastle = 296,500; North Tyneside = 203,300; Northumberland = 316,000
  10. ^ Newcastle = 44 sq mi (110 km2); North Tyneside = 32 sq mi (83 km2) Northumberland = 1,936 sq mi (5,010 km2)
  11. ^ "Devolution deal for North of Tyne councils agreed". BBC News. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ Walker, Jonathan (2 November 2019). "'A golden era for the North East': The new North of Tyne Combined Authority is launched". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  13. ^ "English devolution: combined authorities and metro mayors". Institute for Government. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  14. ^ a b Holland, Daniel (7 February 2022). "What you need to know about plans for a new North East mayor". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 14 February 2022.

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