Responding to a report by IPPR North, Cllr Keith
Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair said:
“Good transport links underpin a region’s economic
we have suffered from a legacy of underspending on Transport by successive
Governments for decades.
government has not responded to the needs of the Leeds City Region and is
failing to rebalance the north-south divide where the disparity
in future transport infrastructure spending between our region at £190pa per
head and the South at £1,943pa is more than 10 times.
Strongest Economy in
North of England
have the strongest economy in the North of England and yet successive governments
have failed to recognise the importance of the Leeds City Region’s role in
boosting the overall northern and UK economy.
City Region is critical to the North’s and the Nation’s success, as the largest
city region outside London, the region’s economic growth is fundamental in
rebalancing the economy.
Better connectivity crucial
of skills, investment in innovation, harnessing a culture of entrepreneurship
and better connectivity are all crucial and the single most important action
the government can take is to improve transport links across the Pennines
including a High Speed line ahead of Crossrail 2.
honouring its commitment to invest in the long overdue Transpennine rail
upgrade and electrification and beginning construction of HS3/NorthernPowerhouseRail the
Government can help unlock massive economic gain which will benefit the North
and the UK as a whole.