Mark Whitehead 21 November 2018

Transport spending in London double that of the Northern Powerhouse

Transport spending has risen twice as much per person in London than in the North since launch of Northern Powerhouse five years ago, according to the latest research.

According to analysis of government figures by the Institute for Public Policy Research North, while the capital has seen a £326 per person increase in public spending on transport, the North has seen an increase of just £146.

Spending rose in the North West but was still lower than in London, while the biggest drop in was in Yorkshire and the Humber where it fell by £18 per person.

Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North, said: 'Today’s figures show us that government still needs to follow through on their promises to make the Northern Powerhouse a reality.

'An increase in spending in the north west in the past year is very welcome, as is the £37m announced in the Budget for transport in the North, but the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber are yet to see such a boost, and investment in the North still pales in comparison to spending in London.

'People are continuing to suffer the very real effects of decades of underinvestment, and the ongoing chaos on northern trains is a clear sign of how far there is to go.'

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