New Transport for London chief optimistic despite threat of cuts

New Transport for London chief optimistic despite threat of cuts

Mike Brown hopes Osborne’s northern powerhouse – and the funding it will require – will not eave the capital out in the cold

The man in charge of London’s transport is out of town. Specifically, he’s in an engineering workshop on a Manchester industrial estate, eyeing a 200kg piece of cast iron destined to line the edge of a Crossrail tunnel. This, says Mike Brown, the new commissioner, is where investment in the capital goes – a point he is especially keen to make, with London’s funding up for review by a chancellor staking his bets on the northern powerhouse: “It’s not either/or. We’re in this together,” he says, borrowing an Osborne-ism. “I think there’s sometimes a sense that London’s had its turn, but the northern powerhouse comes from the investment in London.”

Transport for London spent £160m with suppliers from Greater Manchester last year, and the business Brown is visiting, Eaves, hopes its steel parts will also line the Northern Line extension, and possibly Crossrail 2. “The last thing we’d want is people like these guys and other suppliers to dry up.You need a continuous workstream – it’s so important, what it does for businesses and jobs.”

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Source: Guardian Transport

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