East Coast rail improvements part of £9bn investment

The rail network across England and Wales is set for its biggest boost since the Victorian era.

£9 million pounds will be invested in projects including improvements to the East Coast Main Line, faster trains and improved stations.

Some lines would be reopened, others electrified including the Midlands Main Line route between St Pancreas, the East Midlands and Sheffield, and the Great Western Line from London to Swansea. 

There are also plans for a new "Northern Hub" around Manchester.

The Government says it's a significant investment that would provide a huge boost for the economy. But concerns have been raised about where the money will come from and if the cost will be passed on to rail passengers through a rise in ticket prices.

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