Full list of towns that will get millions for new transport projects

Rishi Sunak has unveiled the areas which will be redirected funding from the scrapped northern legs of the controversial HS2 rail line.

transport Construction work continues on the HS2 line in Water Orton near Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday February 15, 2024. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Areas of the country are to receive transport funding from the scrapped northern legs of the controversial HS2 rail line. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak has unveiled the areas which will be redirected transport funding from the scrapped northern legs of the controversial HS2 rail line.

The prime minister said on Monday that about £4.7bn saved by cancelling part of the HS2 project will go to councils outside big cities in the Midlands and the North of England.

The government says the money will be invested directly through the Local Transport Fund to improve local connections, but critics branded it a "re-announcement" of existing proposals, while Labour branded it a “back of a fag packet plan”.

The North of England will be allocated £2.5bn and the Midlands will receive £2.2bn, with allocations ranging from £49m for Rutland to £494m for Lancashire.

Blackpool will receive £120m in funding, while the city of Hull will be allocated £161m. A total of £238m will go to Leicestershire and £262m to Lincolnshire, while York and North Yorkshire receives £379m.

However, the funding will not be made available until April 2025, months after the next general election later this year, and may be invested through to 2032.

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrives to visit a location on the site of the future Haxby railway station near York on February 26, 2024. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prime minister Rishi Sunak has announced funding for local transport projects after axing part of HS2. (AFP via Getty Images)

Sunak scrapped the northern legs of the beleaguered HS2 project last October and pledged to funnel funds into local projects.

Earlier this year, HS2 Ltd executive chairman admitted that the estimated cost for Phase 1 – the rail line from London to Birmingham — had ballooned to £66.6bn, having initially been costed at £19.4bn in 2013.

The Local Transport Fund announcement has already been criticised for merely redirecting funds to areas that lost out on their promised HS2 connection.

But the government insists the money will be spent on projects such as building new roads and improving junctions; filling in potholes and better street lighting for personal safety; tackling congestion; increasing the number of charge points for electric vehicles; refurbishing bus and rail stations and making streets safer for children to walk to school.

Yahoo News UK takes a look at the list of areas earmarked for funding under the proposals.

Blackburn with Darwen – £116m

Blackpool – £120m

Cheshire East – £180m

Cheshire West and Chester – £168m

County Durham – £72m

Cumberland – £148m

East Riding of Yorkshire – £168m

Herefordshire – £101m

Kingston upon Hull, City of – £161m

Lancashire – £494m

Leicester – £159m

Leicestershire – £238m

Lincolnshire – £262m

North East Lincolnshire – £119m

North Lincolnshire – £118m

North Northamptonshire – £149m

Rutland – £49m

Shropshire – £136m

Staffordshire – £285m

Stoke-on-Trent – £133m

Telford and Wrekin – £107m

Warrington – £121m

Warwickshire – £203m

Westmorland and Furness – £128m

West Northamptonshire – £162m

Worcestershire – £209m

York and North Yorkshire – £379m

Reaction to the plan

Labour described the proposals as a “back of a fag packet plan” and said communities are “sick and tired” of empty promises.

Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said: “Only the Conservatives could have the brass neck to promise yet another ‘transformation’ of transport infrastructure in the Midlands and North after 14 years of countless broken promises to do just that."

Greater Manchester Labour mayor Andy Burnham said in a post on X: “Didn’t they promise this exactly 10 years ago? They must think we are thick.”

HS2 network. (PA)
HS2 network. (PA)

Sunak defended the decision to scrap HS2’s northern leg and put the money into local projects.

He told BBC Radio York: “We could have carried on with a project that was going to cost well over £100bn, take decades and have a very specific set of benefits, whereas I made a different decision.

"Today we’re announcing several years of funding that local areas are going to get for their local transport priority."

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