The Coalition Government today announced a multi-billion pound investment and capital maintenance to dramatically boost the capacity of Britain's railways over the next four years.
The investment will modernise the network, tackle overcrowding, improve reliability and speed up journeys, making Britain's rail network fit for the 21st century.
Announcing that projects such as Crossrail and Thameslink were going ahead, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said, "if we want growth to continue, we have to invest in our transport infrastructure."
David Cameron added that the investment was key to reducing the North South divide. "The most powerful regional policy is transport and the most powerful form of transport is high-speed rail."