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Four and a half billion pounds will be spent on 600 carriages for the routes from Paddington to Reading, Newbury, Swindon, Oxford and Banbury.
It should lead to major improvements in the Thames Valley.
But a row has broken out about the contract being awarded to a Japenese company.
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More than 900 jobs will be created and thousands more secured after Transport Secretary Justine Greening approved a £4.5bn contract to supply Britain with the next generation of intercity trains.
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Meridian can reveal the Government will today order a new fleet of Japanese-style bullet trains to ease overcrowding in the Thames Valley.