Mind the Gap

Shocking figures released by think tank The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) last week showed six times as much money is spent on transport projects in London than in the north. The IPPR showed the Department for Transport (DFT) will spend £289 per person in the north and £1,870 per person in the capital over the next four years. While airport capacity and HS2 will no doubt take up much of Chris Grayling’s immediate attention, improving connectivity between the country’s regional cities surely deserves priority as part of Theresa May’s ‘Better Britain’ policy agenda. No doubt, the irony of dramatic southern regional overspend will not be lost on the thousands of Southern rail commuters experiencing chronic delays this summer