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Karen welcomes £285,903,000 of reallocated HS2 funding for Staffordshire as Conservative Government sticks to long-term plan to improve local transport

Moorlands MP, Dame Karen Bradley, has welcomed £285,903,000 for Staffordshire as part of the Conservative Government’s long-term plan to level up local transport in Staffordshire Moorlands.


Millions of people in the North and Midlands are set to benefit from £4.7 billion of further investment in local transport made possible by reallocated HS2 funding, with money to improve public transport, reduce congestion and upgrade local bus and train stations.


It is the first transport budget of its kind that is specifically targeted at smaller cities, towns and rural areas and empowers local people and local leaders to invest in the local transport projects that matter most to their communities.


Staffordshire will receive £285,903,000 to improve the local transport connections that people rely on every day, providing almost 11 million people across the region with almost nine times more transport funding.


Local authorities will receive funding from April 2025, giving them time to develop their funding proposals and prepare to hit the ground running to start delivering them as early as possible. Over the seven years as a whole this funding will be on average at least nine times more than these local authorities currently receive through the local integrated transport block which is the current mechanism for funding local transport improvements in their areas.


The announcement comes as part of the Government’s long-term plan to reallocate the £36 billion saved from HS2 Phase 2 into local transport improvements across the country – benefitting more people, in more places, more quickly than the full HS2 project would have done.


This funding increase is for the North and the Midlands because most HS2 savings are from those regions. Savings from Euston ensure the rest of the country receives extra transport investment too from our decision to cancel HS2 Phase 2.


All of the £19.8 billion committed to the Northern leg of HS2 will be reinvested in the North and all of the £9.6 billion committed to the Midlands leg will be reinvested in the Midlands. The £6.5 billion saved through our new approach at Euston will be spread across every other region in the country.


The Conservative Government is delivering this unprecedented funding uplift across the North and Midlands as it sticks to its long-term plan to create jobs, grow the economy and level up the country, building a brighter future for all.


Commenting, Karen said:


“By redirecting money that would have been spent on HS2, we are already seeing more investment in local transport in the Moorlands including more money to fill potholes and extending the £2 bus fare cap.


“I welcome the announcement of this additional funding that will make a such difference to our local transport infrastructure.”



Commenting, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:


“Today’s £4.7 billion investment is truly game-changing for the smaller cities, towns, and rural communities across the North and the Midlands and is only possible because this Government has a plan to improve local transport and is willing to take tough decisions like reallocating funding from the second phase of HS2.  


“This funding boost will make a real difference to millions of people, empowering local authorities to drive economic growth, transform communities, and improve the daily transport connections that people rely on for years to come.”


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