Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016
Think tank urges the Transport Secretary to adopt pro-business “North First” agenda to boost UK-wide growth…
Think tank IPPR North has written to the Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond urging him to prioritise spending on a new east-west rail project linking northern cities ahead of spending on HS2 and Crossrail 2, the latest proposed mega-rail scheme for London.
The think-tank has carried out an analysis of infrastructure funding which revealed that the North of England is six-times less funded than the capital.
IPPR has highlighted that the lion’s share of future infrastructure investment is earmarked for London and England’s South-East region.
The think-tank argued that a focus on the North of England, including its world-leading cities, ports, national parks, energy assets, £300bn economy and 15 million citizens, could unlock “real and fair prosperity”.
In the letter IPPR made the case that work should be brought forward urgently on the so-called “HS3” (east-west crossing), even if this means taking priority over HS2 (north-south).
IPPR director Tom Kibasi, said: “Given the Brexit result, the North of England must urgently see growing prosperity. A proper east-west crossing would boost northern and UK growth and must now take priority above all other major transport projects, including Crossrail 2 and HS2.”