Th North East Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement that billions of pounds will be ploughed into the country's railways. Only a small proportion of the money will be spent in the North East. Even so, the Chamber says improvements across the north of England will have wider benefits.
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.