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Prime Minister announces rail improvements in Penzance.

The Prime Minister promised a raft of multi million pound rail improvements in the West Country today. Rail experts said it wasn't enough and didn't solve the problems on the main line between Paddington and Penzance, claiming it was still stuck in the Victorian era.

David Cameron also didn't rule out building a new inland rail route to bypass Dawlish. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

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Calls for urgency over Dawlish track repairs

While the Prime Minister is announcing more money to improve rail services around Penzance, the MP for Dawlish says urgent work still needs doing along the track there.

Anne-Marie Morris says she's still worried that sections of the line via Dawlish are still vulnerable to winter storms - despite repairs to the section that was washed away in February.

A report by Network Rail and the Department for Transport, due out next week, is expected to recommend more upgrades around Dawlish rather than expensive tunnelling to create an alternative route inland.

£146m investment for Cornish rail network

£146m is to be spent upgrading the South West rail network. Credit: PA

David Cameron will announce today that Cornwall will receive a multi-million pound package to improve the railway service.

It's hoped the £146 million deal will provide a faster service, lift the local economy and create new jobs.

It's estimated that nearly seven million passengers use the rail network in Cornwall every year, with passenger numbers growing twice as fast as the national average.

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Cornwall rail to receive multi-million pound package

Cornwall to receive multi-million pound package for rail Credit: ITV News West Country

David Cameron will announce today that Cornwall will receive a multi-million pound package to improve the railway service.

It's hoped the 146.6 million pound deal will provide a faster rail service, lift the local economy and create new jobs.

It's estimated that nearly seven million passengers use the rail network in Cornwall every year, with passenger numbers growing twice as fast as the national average.

West MPs abstain from HS2 vote

There's a campaign for better rail links for the West Country - after a number of the region's MPs didn't back a new high-speed line to the Midlands.

Seven MPs from Devon and Cornwall - including two Conservatives and four Lib Dems abstained in last night's vote on the £50 billion pound HS2 project.

Even supporters of the project argue it must not be at the expense of a faster and more reliable link to the South West, where the main line was cut by storms for eight weeks.

Conservative MP for SE Cornwall Sheryll Murray, and her colleague, Oliver Colville, Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport both abstained from voting:-

Fares could go up more than 4% - Passenger Focus

Passenger groups and unions have reacted angrily to news that rail fares are to rise by more than inflation from January.

The RMT and Action for Rail organised demonstrations at Bristol's Temple Meads station on Tuesday morning over the 4% increase.

Opponents claim fares have risen three times faster than wages in the last six years.

The Government says it's investing heavily in the railways.

Mike Hewitson from Passenger Focus spoke to ITV News West Country:

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