Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has insisted that passengers must pay more for their fares if they want the same level of investment in railways to continue.
He admitted it was "frustrating" that much of that investment - such as upgrading tracks and signals - could not be seen, but said that passengers would reap the benefits.
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