Cash to improve train line

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A MAJOR improvement plan which will cut journey times on the East Coast Main Line has been announced.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening revealed upgrades to the line, from London to Leeds and Newcastle, worth £240million to create speedier journeys and improve capacity.

It was part of a £9billion cash injection into the national rail network.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “In what is the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era, this investment will mean faster journeys, more seats, better access to stations, greater freight links and a truly world-class rail network.”

However, there were fears of huge fare hikes to pay for the Coalition’s schemes.

A spokesman for the Campaign for Better Transport said: “Whilst we welcome more investment in rail, massive fares increases shouldn’t be used to pay for it.”