Research showing that rail transport in London receives six times as much funding as that in the North East is depressing reading.
The government keeps talking about the Northern Powerhouse and investing billions of pounds across the North of England but meanwhile businesses in this region continue to suffer from poor transport links.
I have long argued that we need real action and not just hot air and yet again figures reveal that the promises are not being translated into reality.
The potential for growth in the North East is tremendous with the skills, enthusiasm and sheer hard work ethic – but we are still being let down by the powers that be. And it is not good enough.
Jonathan Arnott MEP