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pounds 12bn pledge to beat rail blues.

PASSENGERS were today promised relief from overcrowding as part of a five-year, pounds 35bn spending programme by Network Rail.

Almost pounds 12bn of the money will be invested in projects designed to relieve congestion, including more seats, more trains and longer and faster trains, NR said.

Another pounds 11.5bn will be invested in replacing older parts of the network, including track, signalling and bridges, while pounds 11.4bn will be spent on day-to-day maintenance and the costs of operating and running the network safely.

Schemes include spending more than pounds 2bn on the cross-London project Crossrail, the pounds 5.5bn Thames link project, a pounds 600m transformation of Birmingham New Street station and a pounds 425m improvement scheme at Reading station in Berkshire.

NR also plans to spend pounds 300m on a new line from Airdrie to Bathgate in Scotland as well as a pounds 150m nine-mile link between Glasgow Central station and Glasgow airport.
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