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To: Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport

More money for transport in the North

Invest properly in transport for the North of England

Why is this important?

We call upon the transport secretary to:

1) Pledge his immediate backing for the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme including a new state-of-the-art 30-minute rail link between Manchester and Leeds – a ‘Crossrail North’;
2) Make an immediate commitment to at least £59 billion ‘catch-up cash’ over the coming decade to support the transport priorities being developed by Transport for the North;
3) Give Transport for the North the same powers as those enjoyed by Transport for London so that it can also raise private finance towards its own transport priorities.

The government has announced its backing for the £31bn Crossrail 2 rail scheme in London just days after it has cancelled plans to electrify key rail routes, and rowed back on its long-standing commitment to electrify the trans-pennine link between Manchester and Leeds. Crossrail 2 was NOT in the Conservative Party Manifesto - whereas Northern Powerhouse Rail was!

New analysis by IPPR North shows that over the past decade public spending on transport in London has been more than double that in the North – the North would have received £59bn more in investment over the last decade if it had received the same per person for transport as London. This is set to get worse, with planned public and public/private expenditure set at nearly £2000 per head, compared with £400 per head in the North BEFORE Crossrail 2 is taken into account.

This is not just a matter of fairness. This is not special pleading. Transport investment needn’t be either/or. But lack of government spending on Northern transport is holding the whole economy back. Northern prosperity is national prosperity.



2017-08-04 09:08:18 +0100

Huge huge thanks to more than 50,000 people who have shown their support. You are having an impact as the government is clearly launching a PR response with today's announcement of £15 million for the arts. (Good as the Great Exhibition will be, this is a re-announcement from back in April 2016 - WHat we need though are new funding announcements not spin. Keep sharing and keep people signing. Let's hit 100,000 by the transport summit on 23/8 in Leeds.

2017-08-03 11:14:10 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2017-07-28 14:30:58 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2017-07-28 06:38:28 +0100

Thanks again for signing - but also for all your messages of support. We've taken calls from grassroots campaigning groups through to national sector bodies and plans are afoot to drive a much more co-ordinated campaign building on the proposed summit of Northern leaders. I've also had the Department for Transport on the phone - there's clearly some hard (re)thinking going on there too! Please keep signing AND SHARING - every new signatory really counts!

2017-07-27 15:56:05 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2017-07-27 00:33:04 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-07-26 13:05:32 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-25 23:08:42 +0100

Fantastic first 12 hours of petitioning. Thanks to all who have signed. Please think about who you could share this with so we can get it snowballing. And don't forget to write to your MP, contact local journalists and keep up the pressure.

2017-07-25 18:01:01 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-25 14:08:16 +0100

Lots of media interest in our campaign - including Guardian Politics live blog - please keep sharing so we can send a very clear message to Chris Grayling.

2017-07-25 12:33:12 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-25 12:14:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-25 11:24:38 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-25 10:53:33 +0100

10 signatures reached