Transport: Per Capita Costs

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th October 2017.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department spent on transport infrastructure per capita in each region in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14, (e) 2014-15 and (f) 2015-16.

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

Figures on public sector spend at a regional and national level are part of the Government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics.

Statistics for previous capital expenditure, per capita, by the Department for Transport for each region for transport are given in table 1 below. Table 2 provides the equivalent statistics but includes spending on transport from all other areas of the public sector. Capital expenditure has been used as a proxy for spending on infrastructure specifically.

Table 1: Capital spending, per capita, on all transport, by the DfT only

£s nominal

Region

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

England - East

150

133

87

90

92

137

England - East Midlands

85

73

60

74

104

98

England - London

134

133

139

138

172

285

England - North East

60

48

50

54

75

104

England - North West

77

73

75

71

95

153

England - South East

89

74

78

96

100

155

England - South West

56

53

58

51

62

91

England - West Midlands

67

62

71

83

113

155

England - Yorkshire and Humber

97

99

97

91

118

168

England

94

87

84

88

108

161

Northern Ireland

0

1

1

0

1

1

Scotland

20

20

21

20

27

42

Wales

54

59

62

56

58

101

United Kingdom

84

78

76

79

96

144

Table 2: Capital spending, per capita, on all transport, by all public sector bodies

£s nominal

Region

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

England - East

235

210

164

175

200

247

England - East Midlands

136

131

102

130

161

166

England - London

414

413

432

455

539

688

England - North East

144

129

111

126

159

182

England - North West

181

179

155

156

190

258

England - South East

145

134

145

176

191

246

England - South West

128

114

116

122

148

186

England - West Midlands

134

126

145

141

189

227

England - Yorkshire and Humber

148

146

154

163

202

240

England

198

189

186

200

239

299

Northern Ireland

225

169

149

132

142

87

Scotland

225

238

268

253

274

223

Wales

194

175

192

180

186

216

United Kingdom

202

193

193

203

238

285

It should be noted that big projects, such as Crossrail, which is the largest infrastructure project in Europe, can significantly distort these figures. In addition to this it is not always possible to allocate spending precisely on a project that crosses many regions, for example HS2. This Department focuses on delivering outcomes for transport users, not on spending per head. An analysis of regional spend per head of resident population would not, for example, take into account the pressure that large numbers of commuters and visitors from outside of a region can add to a region’s transport networks. In addition, larger and more densely built-up areas tend to make greater use of mass public transport systems. For example, in 2015/16 there were 537 million rail journeys within the London area compared to 142 million in the North. Investment by the Department is made based on a fair and rigorous process that ensures that spending goes where it is most needed.

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