The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have reacted to the Government's rail investment announcement.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said an investment in rail today is what's needed not a 'political promise of jam' tomorrow.
"All of the rail projects on this shopping list have been talked about for years and with the surge in passenger demand we cannot afford further delays like the ongoing Thameslink fleet replacement fiasco.
"We have the chance to create thousands of rail jobs if the politicians wake up and get these projects moving."
"The truth that the Government choose to ignore is that all of these investments could be funded overnight without costing taxpayers or passengers a penny if they called a halt to the multi-billion pound rip off of rail privatisation."
Alison Mackenzie analyses the Government's decision to electrify the Midland Main Line as part of a nine billion pound rail investment.
Speculation is mounting over plans to electrify the Midland Mainline. The £500m scheme is expected to be announced by the Government.