Exploring the North-South Divide
Alex Mason is leading a project to explore the widening economic gap between the North and South of England by focusing on transport infrastructure. As the South continues to pull away economically with Crossrail 1 and 2, as well as HS2, the northern economy lags far behind and has lost its ability to compete with the South on a level playing field.
The project aims to identify how much money the North of England is losing out on due to poor and inadequate transport connections, as business leaders and northern politicians call on the government to prioritise transport infrastructure in the North.
The project will explore the possibility that, in order to mitigate the socio-economic divides in the country, the North of England needs a HS3 to connect the likes of Hull to Liverpool, as well as developing faster and more frequent trains to boost economic productivity and growth between major northern cities.
The project will also explore the repercussions of the north-south divide such as the 'brain drain', which has seen over 300,000 northern graduates move down south over the past decade as they have been unable to find work in a deprived northern economy, as well as other socio-political divisions, such as Brexit.
The project aims to raise awareness of these issues and to help push the government to invest in transport for the North, in order to reduce the divisions between the "haves" and "have nots" in the UK.
If you have ideas or information that will be useful to this project then please contact Alex Mason directly.