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Minister promises more rail capacity for West of England

Rail minister Tom Harris has unveiled a new £750M plan to ease congenstion and prepare for greater rail capacity in the West of England.
Harris will today introduce the Department for Transport's new assessment of how the region's rail network could grow over the next 20 years to the South West Regional Assembly.Harris said: 'It is clear that the next 20 years will see a rise in the number of rail passengers on both inter-city routes and on commuter services in the region. So the West needs not only continued investment in stations, trains and track to accommodate that growth but, just as important, a strategy on where that spending will be most effective.'Our Regional Planning Assessment is out now and this summer we'll publish our long-term national strategy for rail as well as our spending plans for 2009-2014. We have already committed to provide 1,000 new carriages across the country, to be used where they are most needed,' he said.

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