Chiltern is one of the most forward-thinking railway companies in the UK. Journey times have been slashed between London and Birmingham and the frequency of services improved. The company plans to build a new line to join two routes at Bicester which will enable through trains to operate between Oxford and London via High Wycombe. The plan is to is introduce the service in 2014.
See also: http://www.chiltern-evergreen3.co.uk/
In Wales major improvements are planned for the North/South service and in particular a scheme to upgrade the route between Chester and Wtexham.
More passengers use the railways than at any time since 1945, even though track mileage was reduced and many stations closed in the 1960s.
And yet, East Sussex County Council does not support the re-opening of the Uckfield-Lewes line, indeed its plan for a gyratory road system in Uckfield will destroy any possibility of the line reopening.