News that the rail line between Middlesbrough and Northallerton has been designated a tier one route has been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.
But he is unhappy that the rest of the region is being left in a transport network wilderness for the foreseeable future.
“Electrification of the Middlesbrough – Northallerton line is great news for the Tees Valley but it will obviously not happen overnight and it is vital that plans speedily follow in the rest of the area.
“This first stage will help provide a much needed financial boost but it is just part of the jigsaw for economic success and a small part of the revitalised transport system needed in the North generally,” he said.
“Yet again, the North East is getting the crumbs of what is left after other areas have had their share: we’re potentially getting just one line upgraded which is only partly in the North East, yet Yorkshire and the North West are getting far more.
“But I fully back the concept of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as the potential for the future is plainly tremendous and UKIP will seek to make this a reality.