Erskine outlines priorities as Infrastructure Committee chair

Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee Deborah Erskine has said she is looking forward to delivering for people through her new role.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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Mrs Erskine said, “I am looking forward to the challenge of delivering for people and getting to grips with the major issues affecting the Department for Infrastructure. Already I have put questions to the Minister in terms of some of the major projects and issues I would like to see delivered. One being the A4 Southern Bypass in my own constituency.

I want to work to ensure our rural roads are upgraded, pot holes fixed, proper investment in our water and sewer treatment networks, key infrastructure projects are delivered, MOT testing and planning delays are reduced, as well as making sure our public transport is effective and efficient to meet the needs of our communities.

In recent months I have been in communication with the Department for Transport at Westminster regarding the all-Island Strategic Rail Review which has not included Fermanagh and also I have asked about the implementation of the Union Connectivity Report which names major infrastructure need.

Funding to deliver is key and today we debated in the chamber the need for increased finances for Northern Ireland. Proper funding is needed for increased connectivity such as the A5, A4 Southern Bypass and York Street Interchange to name a few priority projects. I am up for the challenge of delivery and will work constructively to deal on these issues and more.”

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