Boosting Northern transport links is critical for UK economy

Centre for Cities responds to Government announcement of £13bn investment for transport in the North

Press release published on 11 August 2015

In response to the Government’s announcement today of £13bn investment for transport infrastructure in the North of England, Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities said:

“Strengthening transport links between northern cities is absolutely critical to boosting their local economies, and helping the UK national economy to compete globally. Without better links, these cities and the wider region won’t be able to fulfill their economic potential.

“While we welcome the confirmation of transport investments today, attention must now shift to how these plans will be delivered in practice. Northern city-regions must be empowered to play a leading role in ensuring national investment helps support an integrated, co-ordinated transport system that meets the needs of residents and businesses across the North. That means delivering substantial devolution deals for city-regions across the region, which include strategic transport powers and provide places with funding certainty over the long term.

“This will also allow city-regions to work with the private sector to build capacity and expand the pool of skills available to deliver on this ambitious schedule of investments in the years ahead.”


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