Budget cut and end of smart ticketing scheme threaten levelling-up agenda, say northern leaders

People wearing face coverings at Manchester Piccadilly station during the coronavirus pandemic

UK: Transport for the North and other regional stakeholders have reacted angrily to the Department for Transport’s reduction of its budget for 2021-22 following the Comprehensive Spending Review, which includes an end to all funding for the Integrated & Smart Ticketing programme.

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