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£2.2billion to fix East Anglian railways
10:03am Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
THE number of passengers travelling from the East of England into London for work is set to rise by almost 50 per cent in the next 20 years.
Fresh figures from Network Rail, which owns the Great Eastern line, show the number of people using the line at peak times is set jump by 49 per cent by 2031, from 16,500 to 24,600.
Network Rail now plans to invest £2.2billion in order to boost capacity and make trains more reliable for commuters.
It is the largest investment since the Victorian era.
The improvements include replacing track between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, taking in Shenfield, Chelmsford, Witham, Colchester and Manningtree.