Business leaders have welcomed government plans to create a high speed rail network between London and north of England - even though it stops short of the North East region.
The high speed sections will finish at Manchester and Leeds, although the trains will continue north at a slower speed.
Journeys from Newcastle to London would be cut to two hours and twenty minutes.
Business groups, like James Ramsbotham of the North East Chamber of Commerce,
say that the links are vital for the future of our economy.