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Transport: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that regional transport funding is distributed on an equitable basis. (195370)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to his question of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 448W.

We have already increased investment in transport in all regions. By 2008, transport spending will be 80 per cent. higher in real terms than in 1997, and we will continue to take account of the needs of all regions in making investment decisions.

The introduction of regional funding allocations has allowed regions to align these increased funding levels to their key priorities and needs, delivering the best outcome for each region.