Lord Adonis tells the Tories you can't con the North on transport

A year on from the launch of the Tories ‘Commission on Transport in the North' Labour are highlighting the Tory transport con.

Lord Adonis, Labour's Secretary of State for Transport said:

“The Tories are trying to con the North with their plans on transport.

“They were happy to get the headlines for launching their Transport Commission but there have been no results over the past year.  The Commission was nothing more than a press release. In the meantime Labour has been investing in transport in the North.

“People deserve to know what the Tories are really promising. They should not be allowed to plan to cut transport investment ‘further and faster’ and try to hide this with talk of Transport Commissions that deliver absolutely nothing.”

The Conservatives launched their consultation in the North East on 4 February 2009. In the launch document the party promised to tour the North gathering ideas from the community and report back the results. There is no evidence that this has happened.

In stark contrast in recent years Labour has been delivering record improvements to the North’s transport infrastructure:

-        Spending was £528m on transport in the North East region, up 31% in five years.

-        This has resulted in £40million for the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements and a planned investment of £30million for the first phase of the Tees Valley Metro.

- Over £300m will be spent to completely revamp the Tyne and Wear Metro System with £12.3m for new barriers and ticket machines announced in 2007 and over £300m for upgrading rolling stock, stations and and infrastructure was announced in 2008.

-  Construction of a second Tyne Tunnel Crossing began in 2008 and is due for completion in 2011.

- £91m investment for a new River Wear crossing in Sunderland

- Completion of the £12m scheme to improve interchanges between the A66 and A19 on Teesside.

-        Investing almost £1bn in upgrading A1 through North Yorkshire to complete the missing motorway link between Newcastle and London.


Notes to Editors :

1. Coverage of the launch:

Op-Ed launching the commission:

Conservative Press Release 4 February 2009


PDF outlining the launch: