South West is 'the poor relation' when it comes to transport funds
The Westcountry is lagging behind most of England when it comes to government spending on transport, official figures show.
The Government spent an average of £315 a head on transport across the UK in 2011-2012. But in the South West, spending was £184 a person.
Spending on rail transport was equally uneven, with the average in the South West at just £40, substantially lower than the national average of £119.
"We are the poor relation," Oliver Colvile, Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said after meeting the Transport Secretary in London with a delegation from the city.
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Alison Seabeck, Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, added: "You can't have the 15th largest city in the country having the lowest investment in transport."