£240m investment for East Coast Main Line

The government is to announce a £9bn investment in railways in England and Wales to improve journey times and increase capacity.

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Millions invested in East Coast

by Helen Ford

The main east coast line will receive millions of pounds, as part of a countrywide programme of rail investment. The aim is to reduce journey times and increase the number of passengers travelling between the North East and London.

The government has also confirmed a previous announcement to electrify the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and York.

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Shadow Transport Secretary says rail investment needed now

The Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said the investment programme must not be paid for by further fare rises for rail users.

Government promises of rail investment after 2012 do not justify inflation-busting fare rises now. None of the rail schemes being pledged this week will see a penny of money spent on them until at least 2012 with many of the improvements not benefitting passengers until the next decade.

– Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary

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