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MPs warn of infrastructure inequality risk

Some parts of the UK could be left behind under a new system of handing out infrastructure funding, MPs have warned.

The cross-party Transport Committee said the arrangements due to come in from 2015 could exacerbate regional disparity.

It said well organised areas could win more than their fair share of cash for infrastructure. London currently receives at least double the transport spending per head of all other English regions.

Committee chair Louise Ellman said: “The Government has again changed the system for distributing money to local areas for major transport projects, with much more emphasis now on competition for funding.

“This will not necessarily help regions get a fairer share of transport funding and could make the situation worse.”

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