Transport for the North (TfN) has written an open letter to all political parties ahead of the General Election, which implores them to rebalance the economy and invest in the North, should they be put into power.
It has been a time of flux in British politics, but with a General Election confirmed for 12th December, the hope is that more certainty will return.
Whoever is given the keys to 10 Downing Street will have questions to answer regarding the various transport issues the country faces.
TfN has not been backward in coming forward in calling for the government to address the imbalance between spending on transport in the North and South of England – highlighted by a recent IPPR North study.
Barry White, Chief Executive of TfN, has called for the government to work with the North to push projects such as HS2 once the General Election is over.
He said: “On the eve of the end of this parliamentary chapter, we face a General Election where political parties will put forward their visions for the future.
“Today’s gap in productivity will become tomorrow’s opportunities for not only those who call the North home, but the people and business leaders yet to locate here. Not just good for the North but good for all the UK.
“At the heart of this is the ability to get people and goods from A to B better than they do today.
“To do this properly, we need Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2. Delivered together, in lock-step, they’d amount to a rail revolution for the One North economy we set out to achieve in 2015. One our communities have waited for patiently.
“A future government should respect and collaborate with the North to drive these projects forward, with strong early commitments to infrastructure spending and meaningful devolution discussions that give our leaders decision-making powers.”