BBC QT: Audience members slams levelling up white paper – ‘Waiting 30 years for a tram’

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The woman argued that levelling up needed “proper investment” and for the Government to ensure it kept to its promises to tackle inequality between northern and southern England. She also pointed out that the transport infrastructure in Leeds needs extensive investment arguing that the city had been “waiting 30 years for a tram”.

She said: “It doesn’t need a levelling up white paper. It needs a proper commitment.

“Proper investment and the Government not to go back on their promises.

“Leeds has the worst transport system in the whole country.

“Never mind the north. We’ve been waiting for a tram for 30 years.


“So actually, it needs real investment to make it happen.”

Host Fiona Bruce then asked if she was impressed about the contents of the Governments levelling up white paper.

She said: “Are you encouraged by what the Government has been saying in the white paper in particular.”

However, the woman replied that she didn’t trust the Government to keep its proposed commitments, possibly a reference to the cancelled Leeds leg of the HS2 (High speed two) project.

She said: “No at all. Because they’ll change their mind again.

“And promise money that isn’t even new money.

“And then probably take it away again.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who also appeared on the show, welcomed the White paper. 

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He said: “If I just look at it at face value and not try and score points, there’s a lot in it I could welcome.

“One thing in there, which has been a clear demand from me and from Greater Manchester, was London style public transport for cities outside of London.

“For me that means London level fares, £1.55 a bus journey. What would that do for the people here? That’s a good promise.”

He added: “We now need the revenue support that London has had for years.”

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