Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and shadow secretary Mary Creagh speak as the process of privatising the East Coast Mainline begins today.
Unions have objected strongly to the proposals and more than 23,000 people signed a petition against the plans.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.