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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Stations in line for 4bn upgrade
Train and travellers at Victoria Station, BBC
Victoria is one of the capital's busiest commuter stations
Network Rail is to invest up to 4bn into improving the UK's stations over the next 10 years.

First in line for the upgrades will be major London terminals such as Victoria, Euston and Waterloo.

The company said it was in talks with private firms to raise funds to develop sites for more commercial use and will have more details by the end of 2005.

Network Rail said regional stations such as Leicester, Reading and Guilford were also in line for upgrades.

A spokesman for the company said there may also be scope for residential development.

The pace of the talks have picked up
Network Rail spokesman

Victoria Station, England's busiest passenger terminal, could have a tower at the back of it, if engineers are able to build over the tracks.

A 500m revamp of its Tube station has already been announced by London Underground.

The mainline station itself would also be refurbished, but the building cannot be altered as it is protected by heritage status.

The spokesman said Euston had a similar problem as any new tall building on the site would block protected views of St Paul's Cathedral.

"At the moment we are in early discussions with interested commercial, private companies but the pace of the talks have picked up," the spokesman added.

"We are very confident these proposals will come through."

There are currently major redevelopment projects being carried out at King's Cross and Paddington stations in London.


SEE ALSO:
Victoria to undergo 500m revamp
06 Sep 05 |  London
400m revamp agreed for station
15 Feb 05 |  London
Tube revamp on show
15 Oct 01 |  England


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