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5 - Trains

1,700 new coaches are to be delivered, mainly to routes in southern England, by 2004.

This will see the end of the 30-year-old “slam-door” style coaches. More trains will need more drivers and a National Rail Academy has been proposed to increase staff skills across the network.

Measures designed to increase reliability - particularly for new trains - could see the introduction of a national train test track.

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