Transport: North of England

Department for Transport written question – answered on 17th October 2017.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the £13 billion his Department has allocated for expenditure on transport in the north.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The £13bn of transport investment in the North of England covers:

  • full costs of Highways England schemes on the strategic roads network in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber regions due to commence by 2020/21;
  • other capital spending on the above regions by the Department for Transport and its delivery bodies over the financial years 2015/16 to 2020/21;
  • the whole-life cost of the Intercity Express train fleet which is due to enter service on the East Coast Main Line from 2018 onwards.

Not all of the Local Growth Fund is currently allocated, so as future allocations of the Local Growth Fund are made to Local Enterprise partnerships, the amount supporting transport projects in the north through to 2020/21 is likely to rise.

Project type

Total Spend £bn

Highways England capital expenditure1


Local authority highway maintenance grant


Local authority integrated transport grant


Local Growth Fund (Department for Transport contribution)


Major transport schemes in local authorities


Intercity Express fleet for East Coast Main Line and other rail enhancements




1. covers enhancements (delivery + design and development work), renewals and major capital-funded maintenance, but not resource-funded maintenance or contributions from ringfenced funds

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