Network Rail Pumping £38bn into Normal-Speed Train Line Revamp

By Gary Cutlack on at

The existing regular-speed rail network is set for a large overhaul, thanks to Network Rail committing a huge £38bn on refreshing stations, track upgrades, more electrification and even the reopening of some stretches of line that were axed during the rail apocalypse of the 1960s.

Between now and 2019 Network Rail plans to increase commuter capacity into London by 20 per cent, electrify a further 850 miles of track, open a new line between Oxford and Milton Keynes, rebuild Reading station to remove bottlenecks out to the West and work on enhancing rail travel in the north with around 700 more trains per day between some northern cities.

Plus around 30 miles of track linking Edinburgh to some Scottish border towns will be reopened for the first time since the 1960s, with seven new stations being built along the way.

Mark Carne, chief exec of Network Rail, said we can expect to see: "Bigger, better stations, more tracks and longer platforms, electric-powered trains, reopened railway lines and fewer level crossings -- all will help deliver more frequent, more comfortable, more reliable journeys and a safer, better-value railway for everyone." [Network Rail [PDF] via BBC]