Representatives from the North and London have given their reaction to the research detailing planned transport investment released by IPPR North.
Already, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has already labelled the contrast in spending per capita between London and the North as ’embarrassing’.
The comprehensive analysis from the thinktank reveals £3,636 per person will be spent on transport in London, which is almost three times higher than that of the North.
In response, Barry White, Chief Executive at Transport for the North (TfN), believes the underinvestment in the region’s transport is there for all to see and this “must be addressed.”
He said: “The effects of underinvestment in the North are there for all to see in our creaking infrastructure and lack of connectivity, validating Northern leaders’ recent call for a Northern Budget.
“For too long, the North has been at the back of the queue for investment, and our Members are clear that this underfunding of our region must be addressed within the upcoming spending round and in the longer term investment that the government sets out.”
However, in response, the London Assembly defended the extra spending per capita for transport.
Florence Eshalomi, Chair of the Transport Committee, said more spending is required because of the expected growth in population.
“London should not be pitched against the rest of the country when it comes to transport expenditure.
“It simply comes down to numbers. More people use the transport system in London and that is why more money is spent in the capital.
“No-one will argue against more money going to the north to build and improve transport infrastructure – but not at the expense of London.
“The capital needs more money for its transport system now more than ever. Especially when population is expected to grow to 10.8 million by 2041.”