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Key projects

We’re making significant improvements to Britain’s rail network that will increase capacity, relieve congestion and provide better passenger facilities.

These major projects are being delivered as part of our comprehensive Railway Upgrade Plan and include national schemes of work that will allow longer, faster and more frequent trains to run, so that we can meet the increasing demand for rail services.

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Faster, greener, more reliable train journeys

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High-speed rail

To deliver major improvements on existing lines and bring Britain’s biggest cities closer together

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Northern programme

We’re investing in and transforming the transport infrastructure throughout the north of England

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Great Western Mainline

We're creating faster, more reliable services, better stations and increased freight capacity

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Wessex improvement programme

We plan to invest over £800million to improve services to and from London Waterloo

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Edinburgh-Glasgow Programme

Reducing journey times and boosting capacity across Scotland’s central belt

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Wales upgrade plan

We’re making the biggest investment to the railway across South Wales since the Victorian age

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East West Rail

Improving connections between East Anglia and Central, Southern and Western England

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Transpennine route upgrade

We’re upgrading the railway between Manchester Victoria to Leeds and Selby / York

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Midland Mainline improvement programme

 The biggest programme of improvements to the Midland Main Line (MML) since it was completed in 1870

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Gospel Oak to Barking electrification

Doubling the current capacity for passengers on the line and improving air quality for people who live and work nearby

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Heathrow rail link

A new rail tunnel to improve airport access and relieve congestion at London Paddington

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The biggest civil engineering project in Europe

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Crossrail 2

A proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East

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Thameslink Programme

Transforming north-south travel through London

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