The area around Newcastle's Central station will benefit greatly from the multi-million pound upgrade of the transport hub, according to the North East Chamber of Commerce.
The organisation, made up of businesses across the region, has backed the planned £8.6m makeover of the station.
Director of Policy Ross Smith said: “Newcastle Central Station is obviously a very important element of many people’s first impression of the city and the wider region.
“These exciting plans will help make sure that impression is a good one and should complement wider proposals for the Stephenson Quarter to give a new lease of life to that area of the city.”
Plans have been released of the multi-million pound makeover of Newcastle's central station.
Work is due to begin on the £8.6m project in May and expected to take a year.
The artist's impressions reveal how the main concourse will be transformed.
Thousands of rail travellers have faced lengthy delays today after a major fault on the East Coast main line. A kilometre of overhead wiring was brought down by an engine last night.
It left two hundred Yorkshire bound passengers stranded overnight at Kings Cross station and delays for passengers which will reach into tomorrow.
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Railway passengers travelling between the North East and London have faced delays and disruption because of problems on the East Coast mainline.
Many trains to and from Kings Cross have been cancelled, causing problems right along the route.
Watch the lunchtime report from Kenny Toal, who was at one of the stations affected, below.
There is disruption on East Coast rail line between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and between Leeds and Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at St Neots.
Tickets are being accepted on the CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Transpennine Express, and Virgin Trains services.
Replacement buses are operating between Peterborough and London, although a very limited number of trains can run via Cambridge.
Services are not expected to run via St Neots until later this afternoon, but with disruption for the rest of the day.
Thousands of rail commuters leaving Yorkshire for London are facing much-delayed journeys due to an electrical supply problem.
Centred on north London, the problem was last night causing hold-ups of up to 90 minutes on some journeys between London's King's Cross and Moorgate stations and Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Passengers travelling with - East Coast, First Hull and Grand Central trains - are also affected.
Some of the most famous steam trains in history will soon be going on show in a once in a lifetime gathering.
The event is being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the locomotive Mallard setting a world speed record.
Five of Mallard's sister trains will join it for celebrations in York in the summer, and one of them is being restored in Shildon in County Durham.
Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.
A paint "makeover" of a famous locomotive has begun in County Durham in preparation for the 75th anniversary of a steam train landmark.
The Doncaster-built Dominion of Canada loco is being decked out in garter blue colours at the National Railway Museum in Shildon.
The engine has been shipped from Canada to be ready for July celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the setting of a new world steam train speed record by the Dominion of Canada's sister loco - the Mallard.
Racing down the East Coast line, the Mallard achieved a speed of 126mph in July 1938.
Exactly 75 years later the Mallard, the Dominion of Canada and four other surviving A4-class locos will all be together at the National Railway Museum in York.
The Dominion of Canada is getting a Canadian bell and chime whistle and a replica cabside crest featuring the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada.