Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Minister, commenting on today’s report from the Transport Select Committee on the Impact of HS2, said:
“Today’s report underlines the urgent need for this Government to put transport and skills at the heart of urgently needed strategies for regional growth.
“The select committee says that for high-speed rail to reach its full potential it must be accompanied by complementary regional and local strategies – including for skills and employment – and that Government support with funding will be needed for Local Enterprise Partnerships and others who have a responsibility for this planning.
“Yet the Government’s statement on their newly announced Growing Places Fund, supposed to distribute funding to LEPs, makes no mention of public transport initiatives as potential bidders for this.
“Government needs urgently to give LEPs the tools to do this job and recognise, as the Select Committee report argues, that linking public transport and travel to work areas with strategies for skills and growth across England’s regions is critical for producing the growth in jobs and local economies we desperately need.”