Published: 15th Jan 2021

Sheffield city region mayor Dan Jarvis has warned proposed budget cuts to Transport for the North would be a ‘serious blow’ to the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. Documents published earlier this week by Transport for the North show the Department for Transport is proposing cutting its core funding allocation from £10m a year to £6m for the financial year 2021/22. ‘The government’s decision to cut the internal budget for Transport for the North (TfN) by a massive 40% is another serious blow to the credibility of their levelling up agenda,’ said Mr Jarvis. “The government also ended TfN’s role in Integrated and Smart Ticketing, a key part of the scandalously overdue effort to drag our regional railways into the 21st century. We’re relieved the government has continued funding to develop Northern Powerhouse Rail, but this move puts in doubt whether a critical part of the modernisation we need will be delivered … (To read the full article, subscribe below)