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London gets more than twice as much money than the North for transport

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IPPR North’s latest research found that the government will invest £4,155 per person on transport in London, compared to just £1,600 in the North - a gap of £2,555 per person. The think tank claims that disparity in transport spending will continue to hold back the North and the country as a whole.

The findings published by the IPPR North today provide a stark contrast between the South and the North when it comes to transport funding. The organisation claims the disparity should cause "significant concern" among road and rail users. While Londoners on average can expect spending over £4,000 per head on transport up to 2020/21, people in the North West will only see £2349 per head investment.

The Government keep trying to twist figures but everyone knows that transport spending is heavily focused on London to the detriment of the North. Overcrowded trains and infrequent buses make life hard for Bolton residents on a daily basis. Beyond that, poor connections between towns and cities hold back the Northern economy and allow London to dominate. The Government need to address this inequality and give us the investment that we deserve.

IPPR North’s calculations are based on analysis of data from the Treasury and the Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Senior research fellow at IPPR North, Luke Raikes, said: “Despite the transport secretary’s recent statements, London is still set to receive almost three times more transport investment per person than the north. This is indefensible. The north has been underfunded in comparison to London for decades, and our figures demonstrate that ministers have failed to redress this imbalance. This failure will continue to hold back the North and the country until the government acts.”

The full IPPR report can be found here:
https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/future-transport-investment-in-the-north-briefing

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