The TSSA today condemned the DfT after it emerged that only a quarter of the Transport Department officials who cut the northern link of HS2 and the Northern rail plans actually live in the north.
General Secretary Manuel Cortes said, “We knew that the downgrading of rail investment in the North was always a half-baked idea with negative economic ramifications for the area. Now we also know that most of the bakers behind the latest government plan won't be affected by them as they don't live in the North.
“Northern communities were promised new railway lines and better connectivity, instead they were given lies and spin. The myth that the Tories have the interests of Northern communities at heart has been debunked.
“Johnson and his cronies have no real interest in “levelling up”, their interests begin and end with serving the wealthy.
“Like everything else Johnson's Tories do, it's another case of do as I say not as I do.”