MP vows to carry on transport fight

AN MP has said he will continue to fight for roads and rail improvements in Northumberland after it was revealed that the North East gets just £5 per person to spend on transport improvements.

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith said there is an imbalance in figures, especially in London which gets £2,700 per head.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North has shown that the North East gets the lowest amount in the country with the South West next at £19 per person.

IPPR North argues that the ‘cost benefit analysis’ equation that is currently used to decide where investment is targeted is wrong and reinforces the dominance of London and the South East while constraining growth in the North of England.

Sir Alan said: “There is a big spend in London due to their Crossrail and Olympic transport projects.

“London has a bigger problem that the imbalance is too great and I am continuing to press for both rail and road improvements, like the A1.

“The Government has already committed to the Morpeth relief road which is welcome.”