Northern Powerhouse ‘needs more investment’

New research has suggested that the Northern Powerhouse continues to significantly lag behind London when it comes to transport spending.

Figures analysed by the IPPR North thinktank suggest that since the Northern Powerhouse agenda was introduced by the government in 2014, transport spending per person has gone up twice as much in London as in the North.

According to the organisation, while the capital has seen a £326 per person increase in public spending, the North has seen an increase less than half the size, at just £146.

“Today’s figures show us that government still needs to follow through on their promises to make the Northern Powerhouse a reality,” said Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North.

“People are continuing to suffer the very real effects of decades of underinvestment, and the ongoing chaos on northern trains is a clear sign of how far there is to go.”