The plans announced by Transport for the North (TfN) to upgrade commuter routes and major roads in the North of England have been called into question by critics.
John Prescott, former UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, was more vocal, describing the project, which received Â£69 billion of public investment for over 30 years, as â€œa fraudâ€.
Prescott has highlighted the fact that TfN can not control its funding, which will come in the media, on the Â£2.3 billion of lumps a year, in the same way Transport for London. He said â€œIt was promised to have statutory powers. Now we know, and it was confirmed by the government, will not have powers”.
Prescott told TfN “can speak to the treasury together with the strategic bodies”, but that “can not make a decision and not have the money” without the contribution of the government. This, critics claimed, could reduce the effectiveness of the project to have the biggest positive impact on the region.
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TfN opposed the declarations stating that it has enough power to ensure that the plans are formally considered by the government in taking decisions on transport investment in the North”.
He said that the plans, which include the creation of a new link road from the M61 to M62 motorway and the construction of new roadways, street segments that split the Manchester and Leeds could help create 850,000 jobs and boost the economy by Â£100bn.
In total, TfN has identified seven â€˜corridorsâ€™ transport to improve in the North. These were divided into sections, such as the South Pennines corridor, which will improve connections between the Port of Liverpool to the Humber Ports, via Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region.
TfN of the strategy will also include major rail upgrades to shorten travel times between the main cities of the North. The project is designed to â€œmobilizeâ€ the economy of the region and increase the gross domestic product â€“ which is aimed at rebalancing the UK economy, to reduce the North-South divide.
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