Northern Powerhouse

Transport investment needed as northern services decline

Northern mayors and council leaders want more investment in transport after figures showed train services have got worse, despite the push of a Northern Powerhouse.

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Cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

But five years on, doubt has been cast on just how successful the project has been, with transport being one key area that officials want to improve.

The number of cancelled and significantly late trains on TransPennine Express and Northern franchises more than doubled from 20,000 in 2014-15 to 47,000 in 2018-19. It meant that almost one in every 20 services was either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late arriving at its destination.

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Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis, said the government should see the north as "an asset, not a liability" and said Westminster had "let the north down".

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The northern authorities are working much more closely together and that's a real benefit.

"The real difficulty we have is that (transport) schemes are delayed and there's a real lack of commitment to rebalancing the economy."

Cumbria LEP cites airport as 'Powerhouse' beneficiary

Five years after the Government promised to attract more investment to the North of England, questions are raised today about how it has helped the area's economy.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, says the Government must honour its committment, after a report by the Institute of Public Policy Research said more households were living in poverty.

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But Jo Lappin, the chief executive of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), says the county has gained around £60m from the government's Growth Deal money, which was distributed by the Northern Powerhouse.

At Carlisle airport, we've invested £4.95m which has come by the Northern Powerhouse, ready for its opening on 4 July."

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Northern Powerhouse 'undermined' by austerity, five years on

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The Northern Powerhouse is being "undermined" by austerity despite signs of economic growth, a think-tank says.

Five years since its launch, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the project was at risk of 'fizzling out'.

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North said the economy had "moved in the right direction" but more children were living in "poor" households.

The government said record numbers of people were in work across the north.

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Northern Powerhouse 'undermined' by austerity, five years on

The Northern Powerhouse is being "undermined" by austerity despite signs of economic growth, a think tank says.

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Five years since its launch, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the project was at risk of "fizzling out".

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North said the economy had "moved in the right direction" but more children were living in "poor" households.

The government said record numbers of people were in work across the north.

Northern Powerhouse 'undermined' by austerity

The Northern Powerhouse is being "undermined" by austerity despite signs of economic growth, a think-tank says.

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Five years since its launch, the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North said the economy had "moved in the right direction" but more children were living in "poor" households.

The government said record numbers of people were in work across the north.

IPPR North, a centre-left think-tank, said the Northern Powerhouse had succeeded in devolving power by creating five new "metro mayors" and a regional transport body - Transport for the North.

However, it said the government had "undermined" the project while making cuts in public spending, with the north having seen an overall £3.6bn reduction in real terms since 2009-10, while south-east and south-west England saw a £4.7bn rise.

Cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

Cumbrian schools need extra money, researchers say

Researchers say eight schools in Cumbria should be among those getting extra funding under recent proposals.

A report from the think tank, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says young people in the north from poorer families do not do as well as they should, and the organisation has identified schools around the country that have a high proportion of children from poor backgrounds.

Henri Murison from the partnership says an extra £1bn should be channeled towards such schools in the north.

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