Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on re-announcements on transport in the north of England, said:
“This is not a revolution, it’s some re-announcements and reviews for totally unfunded projects way into the future that the Government is not even committed to delivering.
“People in the North are right to demand long-term transport investment following years of being let down by this Tory and Lib Dem Government, but they won’t be fooled by this pre-election con. The Government is pretending to offer billions of pounds for investment in the North, but the reality is they have only committed to a 'study' costing £12.5 million.
“The Government’s record in the North of England is one of utter failure. They have disproportionally hit councils in the North with bigger cuts, cancelled transport projects, missed infrastructure deadlines, cut bus services and allowed inflation busting fare rises.
“London gets 24 times as much spent on infrastructure per resident than the North East. And only six of the Government’s 16 biggest promised transport projects will be completed by the time of the election.
“Labour has a better plan for the North. We support long-term investment which is why will deliver the biggest devolution of economic power and funding to England’s city and county regions for generations - £30 billion over five years - including transport, housing, fairer funding and business support. We will also establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission to set out the long-term infrastructure projects that the country needs, including in the North.”