A £37.5bn plan to expand Britain's railways from 2014-19 has been unveiled by Network Rail.

The plan, which is dependent on making savings and rising fares, includes:  20% extra morning peak seats into central London and 32% into large regional cities in England and Wales; 700 more trains a day linking key northern cities and a 10-minute reduction in journey time between Manchester and Leeds; and spending £1bn to improve the network in the South and South West and investing £4bn on improving rail infrastructure in Scotland.

Despite this, Network Rail warned that even with extra trains and seats this would "not be enough" on the busy west coast mainline where the added capacity of the London to Birmingham HS2 high-speed rail line project was "essential".
 
The plan has been submitted for approval to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).