A NEW report reveals that the gap on government transport spending between London and the North over the last decade has widened to £66billion.

The think-tank IPPR North’s analysis shows unless the promised Northern Powerhouse investment materialises, the capital will receive three times more Whitehall cash for road and rail than the region under current plans.

The report’s author Luke Raikes said London will get the equivalent of £3,636 per person, the North as a whole just £1,247 per person and the North West £2,062 per head.

The study analyses the government’s list of planned infrastructure projects up to 2033.

Mr Raikes said:“These figures show that the prime minister must urgently follow through on his promises to invest in northern transport ."

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “We have invested in the Manchester to Clitheroe line, the M60 works are nearly complete and we are investing in the M62.This is the Northern Powerhouse in action and this investment will continue.”