This week Bradford South MP Judith Cummins took part in a House of Commons’ debate about the creaking transport infrastructure of the North of England, but particularly Bradford.
During the debate, Judith pressed the Government’s Transport Minister to release desperately needed funding for investment in the North’s creaking roads and railways. Judith underlined the raw deal the North of England had been dealt by Government by highlighting that public spending per person on transport projects in the North of England during the past 10 years was less than half of that in London.
Judith said in her speech:
“To put it bluntly, the north has had a raw deal from Whitehall. The huge potential in my home city of Bradford and in other towns and cities across the north of England is being held back by creaking infrastructure and a lack of transport investment. It is quicker to travel from London to Paris on Eurostar than it is to travel by rail from Liverpool to Hull. That can and must change, and investment is the key.”
Judith went on to highlight a very recent and shocking example of the raw deal dealt to her home city of Bradford. To the dismay of many, the Department of Transport recently announced that planned improvements to M62/M606 chain bar junction were under threat because of so-called value-for-money concerns.
Commenting on the recent news of potential delays, Judith said:
“ Long-suffering motorists know only too well how terrible the traffic congestion can be on the M606. This motorway was named the third slowest in the country in a recent report. I challenge this Government to explain how tackling chronic delays on the third slowest motorway in the country doesn’t meet value-for-money standards. It doesn’t stand up to common sense.”