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Treasury figures show that at £744 per head, Government
transport spending in London is now almost triple the £276
per head spent transport in the region.
Commenting on the Yorkshire and Humber funding, which has been
reduced from last year's £285 per head, Metro Chairman Cllr
James Lewis said,
"While we accept that London has special needs in relation to
transport, the Leeds City Region also has specific requirements
which year after year go largely unmet.
"Every year we go through the Department for Transport's
ever-more-lengthy, complicated and expensive application procedures
for the essential transport projects needed to keep this region
moving and combat ever increasing congestion, and yet we keep
seeing funding diverted to other regions, mostly in the south.
"This cannot continue and the Government needs now to put its
money where its mouth is and provide funding for some of our most
urgently needed transport projects such as the New Generation
Trolleybus network, new rail stations at Kirkstall Forge and
Apperley Bridge, and the essential maintenance needed to keep the
Leeds inner ring road safe for use.
"Instead of reducing funding in Yorkshire and Humberside from
£285 to £276 per head, just £7.70 more per person
over five years, would allow these essential and desperately-needed
transport projects to go ahead, helping to safeguard the future
prosperity of our region and to at last begin to check the
escalating north south imbalance.
"The Government has no chance of meeting its stated aim of
rebalancing the national economy while this slide towards ever
increasing spend in the south is matched by reductions in spending
in the north."