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South West's rail upgrade faces four year delay

The electrifying of the line from Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington has been put back to 2019 Photo: PA

Network Rail has revealed that the biggest ever upgrade to the region's rail network will be up to four ye​a​r​s​ late.

It means a promise to end overcrowding and speed up journey times has again been delayed.

​The project cost has risen from around £800 million to £2.8 billion, with Network Rail saying the project is more complex than it first thought.

The new high-speed trains were due to be introduced in 2017 Credit: First Great Western

It means new trains, including the new Hitachi bullet trains, may be left sitting in the sidings and electrifying the line from Paddington to Bristol ​will be put back to 2019. Watchdogs say it's a total shambles.