Transport: North East

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the capital spend on transport was per head of population in (a) the North East, (b) Northumberland and (c) Wansbeck constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Figures on public sector spend per head of population at a regional level are available as part of the government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. However, the benefits from this spend on transport interventions will often accrue to motorists or passengers far beyond the residents of the immediate local area or region. This is particularly the case for spending on motorways, trunk roads, and the railway which connect cities and regions across the country. Although the CRA attempts to allocate expenditure on the basis of the regions that benefit from the spend, rather than where it is made, inevitably allocations are not always precise.

The latest CRA statistics (2016) for the North East of England suggest that in 2015-16, total government expenditure on transport per head of population was £182. This information is available for government office regions only, and therefore is unavailable for Northumberland or the Wansbeck constituency.

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