Damian Hind: Affordable transport is key to being upwardly mobile

THE Government’s plans to create well-connected city regions are welcome, they now need to be delivered as quickly as possible.

Currently, people who live in the third of the local authorities which make up the UK’s eight city regions outside of the South East cannot reach a major employment centre (equivalent to 5,000 jobs) within a 20 minute journey by public transport.

Three-quarters of these places have an unemployment rate above the national average. This reflects a pervasive truth – economic opportunity is not spread equally across Britain.The economic chasm between the North and South is still enormous. A […]