When Yorkshire travels it is despite Government under-investment, poor rail company performance and an inefficient transport system, says the Yorkshire Party in its latest political analysis.
The Party points first to investment. On spending – annual analysis by IPPR North, the think-tank, showed Yorkshire and the Humber received £190 per head, the North East £220, the North West £680 and London £1,940 per head for transport from 2016-17 onwards. Read IPPR North’s report at https://www.ippr.org/news-and-media/press-releases/new-transport-figures-reveal-london-gets-1-500-per-head-more-than-the-north-but-north-west-powerhouse-catching-up
On train delays: The Yorkshire Post, which has been campaigning on the county’s rail shortcomings, said three weeks ago that fewer than “two-thirds (65.3 per cent) of trains run by Northern arrived at the right time” and “TransPennine Express fared even worse, with less than half (49 per cent) of trains arriving at the right time, 13.7 per cent more than 10 minutes late” (see YP article for this)
In its policy vision on transport, the Yorkshire Party said: “A high-quality, integrated transport network is crucial to a fully functioning economy. A well-funded public sector, providing economically and environmentally sustainable core services and world-class infrastructure, should be the backbone of such a network.”
The Financial Times has reported cuts to transport spending. It said that in its 2017 report, the Office of Rail and Road, the regulator, warned that “Network Rail has deferred £3.7bn of work to renew the railway in its current five-year funding period in order to remain within its budget”.
In February this year, a briefing paper on Transport Spending by Region, written by Tom Rutherford, was added to the House of Commons Library. It concluded: “Public spending on Transport, both in absolute terms and on a per capita basis, is considerably higher in London and the South East than [in] the other regions of England.”
The House of Commons Library introduction to the report said: “There is an ongoing discussion regarding levels of public expenditure on transport across the United Kingdom, and particularly whether or not the North of England receives a ‘fair share’ of transport expenditure. This paper presents the available data on transport expenditure, confirming that London and the South East receive a larger amount of spending that other regions, and briefly considering some of the reasons why this may be the case.”