Thousands of runners and spectators from Scotland travelling to Tyneside for the Great North run could face serious rail disruption. Network Rail has scheduled engineering works on the main East Coast Line between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
This will mean rail users having to travel to Newcastle via Carlisle. Nova International, the organisers of the Great North Run on Sunday 16 September, are appealing to Network Rail to move the works.
They've been joined by Cath Hindle of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which markets the area. She argued that if visitors have a negative experience when travelling to the area, they will be less likely to return, or tell their friends they have had a good time.