Work starts to improve commuter routes from Kent and Sussex

Rail upgrades in the South East costing more than £2 billion will get underway this week.

Network Rail announced the investment to try and accommodate for increasing numbers of commuters coming into the capital from Kent and Sussex.

Network Rail is investing more than £2 billion into the routes

The 5 year plan to improve stations, introduce more trains and 20% more seats will get underway this week.

Some routes have seen a 50% increase in passengers over the past 10 years, so Network Rail now hopes to succeed in connecting Kent and Sussex with London before 2019.

This will form part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital.

Network Rail's Dave Ward, said: "The growth we are managing now is phenomenal - Southeastern and Southern already run more than 2,000 trains each every day - and this has given us a real opportunity to improve the railway in Kent, Sussex and south-east London."