Cllr Blake responds to latest IPPR research on transport spending

20 November 2018

Responding to IPPR North's latest analysis which shows that public spending on transport in Yorkshire and Humber fell by £18 per person per year, Cllr Judith Blake, who leads on transport for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and is Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

"It is profoundly disappointing that despite historic under-investment, IPPR North's analysis shows spending on transport has actually fallen in Yorkshire since the Government adopted its Northern Powerhouse agenda. Improving transport is key to delivering inclusive growth and we need the Government to match our ambitions."

"The disruption to rail services this summer underlined the impact historic under-investment has had on the capacity and reliability of the North of England's transport network. The case for significant spending to remove these obstacles to inclusive growth has never been stronger."

"We will continue to make the case for investment in major infrastructure, including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and an upgraded trans-Pennine route, alongside support for integrated local services, which will bring substantial benefits to all our communities."

In an article for today's Yorkshire Evening Post, Combined Authority Chair Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe wrote: "Transport connects people to jobs, to training and to services."