By next year passengers can expect trains to be less packed. A new flyover at Hitchin will carry trains from London to Cambridge over the main line, relieving a key bottleneck.
New platforms planned for Peterborough should increase capacity and reduce congestion there.
From 2014 new trains through the Intercity Express Programme will provide more seats, and £240m will be invested in key pinch points on the East Coast main line including Peterborough.
From next year services from Oxford to Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central will be reintroduced. The railway line between Oxford and Bedford via Bicester Town and Bletchley will also be electrified. But the plans are wrapped with a warning.
From 2024 the West Coast main line - as Britain's busiest and most economically vital rail artery - will be full with no more space to accommodate the expected growth in demand.
Network Rail believe HS2 would solve the capacity crunch set to face passengers and businesses on the line.
At the moment commuters have to settle for a diesel railway with an ageing infrastructure, by 2020 they'll get to travel on one of the most modern electric railways in Europe.
The overhead lines will be built using the latest technology for reliability and efficiency, whilst signalling will be controlled from Network Rail's state of the art control centre in Derby.
- £60m could be saved every year once the line is electrified from Bedford to Sheffield. This will also reduce carbon emissions by 13,000 tonnes annually.
- Thameslink: By 2018, there will be up to 24 services through central London as part of Thameslink, the majority of which will be 12-car trains. The Thameslink programme will also provide passengers from Cambridge with new trains and more destinations.
Anglia Route: lines out of Liverpool Street including Great Eastern main line
There are several big developments on this line. The completion of the overhead line upgrade on the Great Eastern main line, track renewal and new signalling is a major component of the 2014 - 2019 plans.
Another priority is finishing the Crossrail service from Shenfield to Liverpool Street.
That development will lead to:
- More seats and direct services to Thames Valley, central London and Heathrow Airport.
- New Crossrail station at Liverpool Street will free up platform space, enabling opportunities for more services on the Great Eastern main line.
In addition Network Rail are committed to examining how to improve journey times on the line.
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Network Rail executives will appear before Chelmsford Crown Court following the death of worker who was fixing overhead power cables in Essex.
Three men were in a basket fixing the lines at Margaretting when they fell 15 feet on to the track in June 2008.
Malcolm Slater, who was 64, suffered spinal injuries and later died. His two colleagues were injured. The company will be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work act.
Metal thieves caused chaos today by stealing cables from a line in Bedfordshire.
The theft affected the Midland Main Line just north of Flitwick - stopping services running between Bedford and Luton.
The effect was felt on services stretching almost 200 miles - as far south as Brighton, and as far north as Derby. Russell Hookey reports.
Cable thieves in Bedfordshire have caused chaos for rail users today with several services either suspended or disrupted. First Capital Connect and East Midland trains are both affected. Russell Hookey has the latest.
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The number of cable thefts on Anglia's rail network has started to fall. Since January there have been just two attacks on our region's railways - a big decrease compared to July when there was a high of 26 thefts in one month.
Network Rail and British Transport Police say the success in tackling the crimes is due to a new task force and a change in legislation.