The main east coast line will receive millions of pounds, as part of a countrywide programme of rail investment. The aim is to reduce journey times and increase the number of passengers travelling between the North East and London.
The government has also confirmed a previous announcement to electrify the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and York.
The East Coast mainline will receive a multi-million pound investment. But how will the North East benefit?
The Department for Transport says the investment is part of a £9.4bn programme of improvements to the rail network in England and Wales.