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Government set to unveil £9bn rail investment plan

Prime minister David Cameron is set to announce a £9bn injection of cash into the rail network today as ministers seek to breathe life into the flagging economy.

Transport secretary Justine Greening will set out the details of what is being labelled as the biggest programme of investment in the railways since the Victorian era.

The plan, covering the period 2014 to 2019, is expected to include electrification projects - such as the completion of the electrification of the Midland Main Line - and the funding to complete ongoing schemes such as Thameslink Crossrail.

Other projects likely to get funding include the Northern Hub - a series of projects around Manchester that improve northern rail capacity so as to get more and faster trains across the north of England - upgrades to the East Coast Line from London to Leeds and Newcastle and a possible reopening of the east-west link from Oxford and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.

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