The launch of the Northern Powerhouse was meant to usher in a new era of spending on transport in the region. However, government figures reveal in the four years since, transport spending has increased faster in London than in the North.
Figures detail the historic spending on transport for the different regions of the country between 2013/14 – when the Northern Powerhouse was set up – and 2017/18.
Data reveals spending per capita in London has increased twice as much as in the North in that time; in the capital, public spending has gone up by £326 per person in that time.
But for the North, the increase is recorded at £147 per person.
It means that transport investment per capita is almost twice as high in London – something that has remained broadly steady for the last decade.
Between 2016/17 and 2017/18, spending in the North per head has increased by £69 – less than the £91 for London.
For the North East, this spending has increased by scant amounts, and in Yorkshire and the Humber, spending per head has actually decreased in the last year.
It is only the North West that has seen a rise in the past year of public spending per head, with a rise of £158 per person.
And in 2017/18, spending per head in London was recorded at £1,019 – well above the £528 in the North.
IPPR North’s research from earlier this year revealed investment is dwarfed by that of London.
And after the government’s figures revealed the Northern Powerhouse hasn’t accelerated spending in the region, IPPR North urged the government to improve transport spending in the area.
“Next year will offer the government an opportunity to improve their record on transport spending.
“They must take it. Transport for the North is now developing investment plans that will address this long-standing problem and the government will then have the chance to follow through on their promises: to give the green light on long-overdue investment in the North; and to devolve real power so that the North can take responsibility for its own transport network.”