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Government to invest £8bn in Great Britain's railways

The government has announced plans for £8bn of investment in Great Britain's railways.

It is buying about 2,000 new carriages to tackle overcrowding, electrifying some lines and pressing ahead with the Thameslink programme.

But plans to modernise the London-Swansea line are still on hold and it will be the end of the decade before the investment is complete.

Passengers also face rises in ticket prices to help pay for the investments.

BBC's Richard Scott reports.

  • 25 Nov 2010