Midlands Rail Improvements

Plans for more stations and extra trains in the Midlands will be revealed today as part of Network Rail's five-year business plan.

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Major rail upgrades full report: East Midlands

Network Rail has announced major plans to upgrade the network across the East Midlands. From 2014 millions of pounds are to be spent on rail infrastructure including electrification of the Midland Main Line between London and Derbyshire.

The aim is to improve the reliability and frequency of the trains. But some commuters are worried they'll end up footing the bill.


Passenger Focus welcome electrification of trains

Network Rail has revealed plans for improvements to the network across the Midlands.

Over five years, starting from next year, it'll spend hundreds of millions of pounds.

There's plans to electrify the line between Coventry and Leamington to make the service more efficient and give greater accessibility to Birmingham Airport. A move welcomed by Chief Executive of Passenger Focus, Anthony Smith.

Why the train improvements are so important

Plans for improvements to the network across the Midlands have been announced by Network Rail.

It will spend hundreds of millions of pounds over the next 5 years.

The company says it will greatly improve the service but some think commuters will be left to bare the brunt of the cost.

In Derby the line is being remodelled allowing an increase in capacity, and electrification of the Midland Mainline will allow faster and more reliable trains to run on the route, that alone is costing over half a billion pounds..

East Midlands rail investment

Network Rail has announced millions of pounds of investment to electrify the rail line from London to the East Midlands.

George Cowcher from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce says the best infrastructure possible, which is fast and green, is important to compete with businesses along the West Coast Main Line and will make the Midlands seem like a natural extension of the prosperous South East.