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Andy Burnham: 'put the North of England to the front of the queue' for transport investment

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has said he's "not surprised" by new figures which suggest that the North West gets less than half the transport investment allocated to London.

Andy Burnham says "packed out, clapped out" trains and poor roads are preventing the Northern Powerhouse from reaching its full potential.

We're making the case to the government to put the North of England to the front of the queue for new transport investment.

We can't carry on as we are, and we can't keep funnelling money into London year on year.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

New report finds North-South divide in transport spending

The report claims a North South divide in transport spending Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

A new report has highlighted a North - South divide in transport spending.

The research by the IPPR North think tank indicates that planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the north of England.

London will receive £4,155 per person compared with just £1,600 in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber regions combined.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling sparked anger in July last year by supporting a new £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme in London and the South East days after a series of rail electrification projects in Wales, the Midlands and the North were axed or downgraded.

Mr Grayling claims per person spending is higher in the North West than the South East when local transport schemes are taken into account.

Despite the Transport Secretary's recent statements, London is still set to receive almost three times more transport investment per person than the North. This is indefensible.

The North has been underfunded in comparison to London for decades, and our figures demonstrate that ministers have failed to redress this imbalance.

This failure will continue to hold back the North and the country until the Government acts.

– Luke Raikes, IPPR North



Alan the Robot heads to Japan

A robot called Alan's earned two schoolgirls from Wirral a place in a competition in Japan. Anna Sass and Lilly Hudson, students at Prenton High School, built and programmed it themselves. It's part of a project to help develop robots that will eventually be used in real-life search and rescue missions.

Sixty years of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

It's the anniversary of one of the most iconic structures in the region.

Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire was first put into operation 60 years ago today.

The project was launched in 1949 when scientist Bernard Lovell decided to construct a 250ft steerable telescope, which would enable him to examine cosmic rays, meteors and the radio waves from the deepest reaches of the universe.

Working closely with Sheffield engineer H. C. Husband construction got underway in 1952. It was largely completed five years later and the various stages of operation began.

And it has been at the forefront of scientific research ever since.

Sir Bernard Lovell Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/PA Images
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