Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin demands fairer share of funding for transport in the Midlands

New figures highlighted by Dudley MP Ian Austin show the Midlands losing billions in infrastructure to London and Scotland.

Click here to watch Ian's question on transport funding for the Midlands

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has demanded a fairer share of transport investment for the West Midlands.

He used a House of Commons debate on the Midlands economy to highlight new figures from Birmingham City University showing:

  • Transport funding per capita in the West Midlands is less than half of that in Scotland and under 40% of the level in London.
  • In 2014-15, the Midlands (population 10.4m) had a mere £1.72bn, compared with London (population 8.7m) which enjoyed capital expenditure of £3.87bn.
  • Over a longer period, this shortfall adds up to almost £15.3bn over the past 10 years.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s outrageous we get so much less than London and Scotland. It’s my job to go to Parliament and demand we get our fair share.

“Businesses tell me that boosting infrastructure spending to the levels spent in London and Scotland would make a massive difference to their success and the number of jobs they can create.”

Speaking in the debate Austin said:

“The point about infrastructure spending is really important because there is a massive disparity between the amount of spending in the Midlands and that in other parts of the country.

“Transport funding per capita in the West Midlands is less than half that of Scotland and 40% of the level in London. In the Midlands as a whole, which has 10 million people, we got a mere £1.72 billion spent on transport compared with London, whose population is smaller—it had £3.87 billion. Over a decade, £15 billion less has been spent on transport in the Midlands than in other parts of the country.”

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