PLANS FOR rail freight echoed the SRA's freight strategy published last year, and were widely welcomed by the rail freight industry.
But in addition to last year's plan, there was also an extra £300M set aside for small upgrade projects.
Proposals include the upgrade of trunk routes between Felixstowe and Nuneaton to allow bigger European standard sea containers and swap bodies through tunnels and under bridges.
Upgrades will also allow heavier goods trains onto the network.
Lord Berkeley, chairman of the rail freight group, welcomed the plan but warned that the proposals in the plan to scale down the West Coast Main Line upgrade must account for freight requirements and not lead to reduced freight capacity on one of the country's busiest routes.