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ref date:26 Mar 1999 (TRA)
Trains to get more funding but is it enough

Railtrack, the organization that controls the tracks and stations used by all the recently (now expensive, irregular, slow) privatised train companies is to get 27 billion pounds to improve matters in Scotland and England.

2 billion will be spent in Scotland. This seems generous, but if you have travelled in South Eastern Englan recently, you'll see lots of flashy stations and not enough trains.

The tracks do need severe improvements but it will only happen in the South East. There is no plan for instance to build a high speed rail link for Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh international to match the line built for Heathrow-Paddington.