Blake: Report shows case for North transport investment

"The Commons Transport Committee has published its report 'Rail Infrastructure Investment'.

The report can be read in full here

Responding to the report, Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said:

"Today's report should be the final word in the debate over transport investment with its clear finding that there is a funding gap between London and economically disadvantaged regions which will worsen if not addressed.

"Decades of underinvestment has left the North of England without the modern, reliable transport network which is needed if we are to achieve our economic ambitions and raise living standards for all our communities. The disruption currently faced by rail passengers in the North is in part a consequence of this failure to invest and we must find a resolution urgently.

"Upgrading the trans-Pennine rail route, as well as bringing forward HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, connecting Manchester to Leeds and York via Bradford, must be considered urgent national priorities."