Calls have been made to revamp Sunderland's railway station, which one Labour MP says gives a poor welcome to visitors to the city.
Julie Elliott, the MP for Sunderland Central, has written to Network Rail asking it to part-fund a multi-million pound redevelopment of the station.
Sunderland will host the Tall Ships race next summer and is among five cities hoping to become City of Culture in 2021.
Julie Elliott MP has written to the chief executive of Network Rail, calling for a meeting.
Network Rail told ITV News that it had received the letter, but did not yet want to comment.