Transport: Per Capita Costs

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st February 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to ensure equality between regions on spending per person on transport infrastructure.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

Investment decisions are made based on a rigorous and fair appraisal process that ensures spending goes to the projects and programmes where it is most needed and delivers greatest value-for-money for taxpayers and passengers. For these reasons, the Department does not allocate funding to transport on a ‘per head of population’ basis.

However, recent analysis by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority showed that planned central government transport investment is relatively balanced across regions. Between 17/18 and 20/21, the North will receive £1,039 per head, while the South will receive £1,029 per head.

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