Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Still Short of Transport Cash - but Whitehall's Figures Tell a Different Story

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Still Short of Transport Cash - but Whitehall's Figures Tell a Different Story

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor

FIVE years after the Northern Powerhouse was launched, the North East still receives just PS1 in transport funding per person for every PS7 spent in London. New analysis by think tank IPPR North shows that the huge investment gap continues.

Researchers said the findings show how vital it is that the Government makes good on its promises of a "step change" in funding for infrastructure projects in the North of England.

Luke Raikes, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North said: "These figures show that the prime minister must urgently follow through on his promises to invest in northern transport infrastructure and devolve power to the North's leaders."

The figures are based on the planned transport spending included in the most recent edition of the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline - a list of the government's planned infrastructure projects between now and 2033.

It shows how much investment is going into schemes such as improvements to roads, rail and light rail services.

While the capital will receive PS3,636 per person, the North will receive just PS1,247 per person and within the North, Yorkshire and the Humber will see just PS511; the North East PS519; and the North West PS2,062 per person Meanwhile, analysis of past transport spending shows that if the North had seen the same per person investment as London over the last decade, it would have received PS66 billion more.

The analysis does not include the proposed PS39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail or recent overspend on Crossrail, which were not included in the pipeline.

Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister, has announced that part of Northern Powerhouse Rail, a new cross-Pennine line linking Manchester and Leeds, will go ahead.

And IPPR North says this could help ensure the North receives a fair share of investment - if full funding for the project is confirmed.

A separate analysis published by the Government shows transport spending in the North East is PS154 per person per year, while in London it is PS183 per person per year - a much smaller gap. …

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