The Department for Transport must do more to improve bus, rail and road networks across the country instead of just pumping money into London, MPs have warned.
In a hard-hitting new report, the Commons Transport Committee called on the Government to publish detailed figures every year making it clear exactly how much was being spent in each part of the country.
It follows complaints by Centro, the West Midlands Transport Authority, that the West Midlands is the victim of a major funding gap - with the Government spending £774 on transport in London for every resident, while just £242 is spent in the West Midlands for every resident.
Traditionally, Governments have justified pumping money into London, for projects such as the £15 billion Crossrail scheme which is currently being built, on the grounds that it has more overcrowding than other parts of the country.
But critics say the south is overcrowded because it is richer - which is partly because the Government spends so much money there.
A recent report by the Passenger Transport Executive Group, which includes Centro, warned: “Spending per head on transport is considerably higher in London than in the North of England and the West Midlands”.
The Commons Transport Committee said: “There remain concerns that Department for Transport spending, particularly on infrastructure projects, is unduly focused on London and south east England. We acknowledge, however, that calculating how spending is distributed between regions is complex and some projects may well benefit the nation as a whole.
“We consider that the Department for Transport could do more to ensure that its expenditure plans involve a fair allocation of resources across the nation.
“We recommend that the Department for Transport’s next annual report and accounts includes a more comprehensive analysis of regional spend.”
The Department for Transport has recently backed a number of transport schemes in the West Midlands, including a £128 million extension to the Midland Metro light rail system in Birmingham city centre.