A £9.4bn package of investment in the railways in England and Wales, including £4.2bn of new schemes, has been unveiled by the government.
The plans include electrification of the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Sheffield.
Other rail improvements have been unveiled for the Manchester area, south Wales and East Coast Main Line.
Prime Minister David Cameron called it the “biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era”.
During a visit to Birmingham to announce the railway investment, the PM said it would lead to the electrification of an extra 850 miles of track.
He said: “This investment will mean faster journeys, more seats, better access to stations, greater freight links and a truly world-class rail network.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who joined the PM on the visit, said the plans would help “close the north south divide”.
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