It seems incredible that the microelectonics industry is obsessed by establishing itself in the overcrowded South East of England, where any journey by road is little short of a nightmare, when the North of the country is blessed with fine roads, connecting the uncrowded towns that are to be found on either side of the Pennines. One of these towns is Hartlepool, situated on the coast between Tyneside and Teesside. An airy town in both senses of the word—the air from the sea is fresh from the Pole, and the houses are well spaced out—Hartlepool has also suffered its share of declining industry, with unemployment now running at some 30%. Whilst the huge GEC telephone exchange works is a shadow of its former self, the port once into shipbuilding now handles all the Vauxhall car traffic from the GM European plants. To supplement the comprehensive road network the airports at Teesside and Newcastle are growing in significance, services from the latter being available to Scandinavia, Holland, France and other parts of Europe.
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