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.
The East Coast mainline will receive a multi-million pound investment. But how will the North East benefit?
The Department for Transport says the investment is part of a £9.4bn programme of improvements to the rail network in England and Wales.