Plans for a "mega-canal" connecting Northumberland with London have been put forward to the Government by multinational company AECOM.
The idea is to provide water supplies to southern England, but AECOM say it could also solve many transport, power and agricultural problems.
The 24 metre wide waterway would draw water principally from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland and the Lake District in Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow south.
It is estimated that the project could cost £14 billion.
More top news
Pam Royle has been along to surprise this year's ITV Tyne Tees Fundraiser of the Year.
The breakthrough by Newcastle scientists could save the sight of thousands worldwide.
The touring stage show is on at the Empire and ITV Tyne Tees couldn't resist the opportunity to check out the fun and flares back stage.