MPs: Public transport spend 'inequality' needs review

The underfunding of transport projects outside London in recent years "cannot be allowed to continue", says a report from MPs.

London public transport spend 'twice that' of regions

Metro trains in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

The inequality between public transport infrastructure projects outside London and those in the capital has to change, an MP has said.

Launching the report today, the committee's chairman Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, said: "Far less money is spent on transport projects outside London than in the capital. This inequality has gone on for too long and has to change.

"For example, Institute of Public Policy Research says that transport infrastructure spending is £2,500 per head in London compared with £5 per head in the North East.

Even on the Government's figures, transport spending per head in London is more than twice that in the English regions."

'Fairer funding' needed for public transport across UK

General view of Piccadilly Circus underground subway station entrance in Central London. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

The underfunding of transport projects outside London in recent years "cannot be allowed to continue", says a report from MPs.

Ministers must use the new funding arrangements for local projects to "ensure that there is a fairer allocation of funding", said the report from the House of Commons Transport Committee.

"No area across our nation should be second class in relation to the allocation of transport infrastructure funds," the MPs said.

The report looked into new arrangements, from 2015, for local decisions on transport spending.

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