The UK is getting a railway upgrade, or at least its getting a plan and probably followed by an upgrade. Highlights include:

  • 1300 new carriages (300 more than previously announced)
  • Improved stations at Birmingham New Street and Reading (it needs it)
  • London Thameslink (North-South)
  • London Cross-rail (East-West)
  • Platform extensions
  • Longer trains
  • Possibility of re-opening disused lines

No mention of high-speed (TGV style) routes in and out of London or anything else. The hope is this is the first step of many