This week, Caroline led a group of over eighty Parliamentarians to send a letter to the Chancellor to progress the debate about funding for transport in the North.
The letter has been prepared at the request of the Co-Chairs of the Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group, of which Caroline is a Co-Chair. The APPG is a cross party group of Northern MPs, Peers and business and civic leaders who have joined together.
Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, said: “We have fantastic transport links north to south in Doncaster with the East Coast mainline. Trying to get across the north of England – west to Manchester or Liverpool, or east to Hull – is much harder than it should be on the train. Northern Powerhouse Rail would help this.
“Northern Powerhouse Rail is ambitious – but we need to think big to rebalance the economy between the north and south of England. We also need to consider the funding gap between towns and cities when it comes to transport. The Transport for the North Strategic Plan considers the needs of our towns, including an ask for a rail connection and station for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which I think is vital if our airport is to continue to thrive and for local commuters.
“I recently led a debate for MPs on transport in our towns and will continue to raise this issue in Parliament.”
Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership said: “The first down payment we need on the overall long-term need of £120 billion for major Northern Powerhouse specific transport and city region schemes is £39 billion for Northern Powerhouse Rail.
“Last week the Chancellor committed himself to the case for the economics behind the project – which have consistently been government policy now for the almost five years since the Northern Powerhouse was first adopted.
“Business and civic leaders stand firmly behind our Parliamentarians on a cross party basis making the case for the key investment that the North needs, to grow our economy and close the North – South divide.”