SPEEDIER train services could be in operation in Herefordshire within four years.

Network Rail confirmed it is looking to have trains running at 100mph through the county by 2017.

For the plan to work, a new modular signalling system would replace the current mechanical signalling that is controlled by 13 signal boxes, while automatic half-barrier crossings at Leominster will be converted to full barrier types.

Signalling enhancements have already been planned at Hereford railway station next year, which will allow improved services to Shrewsbury, Newport, Malvern, Worcester, Birmingham, Oxford and London.

The plans are part of a £37.5 billion scheme to improve Britain’s railways, including £550 million in the West Midlands