Local Transport Projects: Funding

Part of The Secretary of State Was Asked – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 2017.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:00 am, 13th July 2017

I have never doubted that. Of course, the balance between regions will depend on what projects are happening at the time. The hon. lady will have seen in our manifesto the commitment to the northern powerhouse rail programme, which will mean a significant change in the balance. I am waiting for Transport for the North to come forward with its recommendations on the form that should take. There are other benefits for her constituency. It will see the arrival in the very near future of a new generation of express trains on the east coast main line, which will be vastly better than her constituents have at the moment.