Statement from Chair of the Transport Committee on transport spending
In response to the IPPR North study on transport spending, Florence Eshalomi, Chair of the Transport Committee, said:
“London should not be pitched against the rest of the country when it comes to transport expenditure.
“It simply comes down to numbers. More people use the transport system in London and that is why more money is spent in the capital.
“No-one will argue against more money going to the North to build and improve transport infrastructure – but not at the expense of London.
“The capital needs more money for its transport system now more than ever. Especially when population is expected to grow to 10.8 million by 2041.
“It is in the entire country’s benefit to make sure London’s transport system is adequate. Therefore, robbing Peter to pay Paul is not the answer.”
Notes to editors
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