Plans to put the east cost rail route back into private ownership have been criticised by a Labour MP. The government is expected to confirm the proposals this week.
The East Coast rail route will be put back into private ownership after a long period under state control, the government will confirm this week.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, will unveil plains to seek tenders for the London to Edinburgh service over three years after it was nationalised.
The decision to put one of Britain's most used rail routes back into private sector hands is expected to reignite the rivalry between Virgin Trains and FirstGroup, who competed for the West Coast franchise last year.
We went to see one of the best collections of classic model train sets in the North East - which has taken 25 years to assemble.
Grant Robinson from Stocksfield says his beloved Hornby collection is almost complete - with many of the hundreds of pieces dating back to the 1930s. Helen Pearson went to see it.
You can watch her full report below.
Big changes are afoot for passengers using Newcastle Central Station. East Coast is investing more than £8million to transform the main entrance and concourse, creating more shops and better facilities.
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.
- Information and advice from National Rail Enquiries
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.