Commuters in Leeds Hit With Red Light

By: Haley Softie

Leeds Labour and Liberal Democratic parties have slammed Gordon Brown for ignoring the plight of commuters in West Yorkshire.

Major concerns have been raised over the disparity in the roads and rail funding between Yorkshire and the rest of the country. It was found during 2006/07, ?104 was allocated per person in West Yorkshire, the disparity is apparent in transport spending on London with each person being allocated ?399.

Furthermore the critics of the government assert that the disparity is also evident with the agreement to bankroll London’s ?16bn Crossrail system, but refuse to fund the Leeds Supertram.

Gordon Brown insists that Leeds transport network was not in need of big investment and had been allocated enough for the development of the transport network.

The Prime Minister was asked if he thought that his government favoured London and the South East for investment at the expense of West Yorkshire.

He said, “We are investing in every part of the country and the government is making ?724m available to regions with major transport schemes this year, as well as investing a further ?672 million.

“I don’t think it is true to say that transport spending has been skewed to one particular area. In every part of the country we are spending (on) transport according to the needs of these different areas.”

A councillor for the Liberal Democrats of Leeds North West said, “It is interesting to hear that Gordon Brown thinks his Government allocates transport spending according to need.

“Well he should come to the Leeds area in rush hour and sit in the traffic jams on our roads or try to squeeze onto out trains then he would realise what we need which is real investment on transport and a fair deal compared to other areas.”

SOURCE:
Yorkshire Evening Post

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