Spending on transport investment in the north is dwarfed by that of London, according to new research from IPPR North.
The think tank has published its Future Transport Investment in the North document, which says that transport priorities of the government remain in the capital, rather than other regions which are in greater need of the investment.
It is, according to IPPR North, something which means the nation is “dangerously unbalanced,” unless investment in the northern transport network increases.
Calculations from IPPR North are based on information provided by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and Treasury data.
It assesses the government’s infrastructure plans in the coming years, something which is weighted towards London, rather than the rest of the UK according to the research.
IPPR North’s figures say that planned transport investment in London is approximately 2.6 times higher per capita than in the north.
Where £4,155 is spent per person on transport in London, this compares to just £1,600 in the north as a whole.
Although the north west can expect to receive more than the England regional average, it is still less than in London and the West Midlands.
It will dismay some that, despite the talk of extra investment in the Northern Powerhouse and the unveiling of the Strategic Transport Plan, the north is some way behind the capital in terms of spending on this infrastructure – a long-held suspicion.
Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as the north east, fare even worse. Spending in London is approximately five times more per capita than these two areas, which are the lowest of all British regions.
IPPR North said that the likes of Transport for the North (TfN) need the same powers as Transport for London (TfL), otherwise the imbalance will continue.
“Unless and until central government makes significant new investments in transport priorities outside the capital and affords bodies like Transport for the North the same powers as those exercised by TfL, it will be impossible to repaint a different picture and we will continue to live in a nation which is dangerously unbalanced.”