Responding to the Department for Transport’s blueprint for the Northern Powerhouse, which has been released today and sets out how Government money will be spent on transport in the north of England, Martin Abrams, Campaign for Better Transport’s Public Transport Campaigner, said:
"People in the North need better transport, but less than 25 per cent of the £13bn investment is actually committed putting the whole Northern Powerhouse project at risk, despite Government assurances.
Martin continued: “The Government said it would deliver fast, high capacity and high quality rail connections across the north of England, but many key projects are threatened. Network Rail's investment programme is being reviewed, local roads and buses are underfunded and all the while billions are being wasted on damaging major road building projects.
"If the Government is serious about creating a Northern Powerhouse it must make sure Network Rail's £38bn investment programme is carried out in full, and that it implements an integrated transport strategy which supports the growing use of the railways and funds local transport properly.”
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Notes to Editors
1. Campaign for Better Transport’s Right Track North campaign is committed to ensuring the North of England gets the fast, high capacity and high quality rail connections it deserves.
2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).