Heavy on infrastructure ideas but light on delivery

DUP Infrastructure spokesman and North Belfast MLA Phillip Brett has said the All-Island Strategic Rail Review and the Union Connectivity Review are both heavy on ideas but light on real delivery.

By Phillip Brett MLA

Belfast North

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Mr Brett said,

“These reports help us to develop better vision for what is possible with transport across the British Isles. But whilst ideas are important, delivery is the key. There is a litany of examples across Northern Ireland where funding was secured, plans developed but not a sod has been turned due to litigation.

The York Street Interchange stands as a clear example which would help eradicate the daily westlink / M2 tailbacks. The DUP secured the funding for it from the UK Government in 2017, yet five years later, the project remains untouched.

The DUP wants to see better connectivity across, and within these Islands. The Union Connectivity Review and this early stage of the All-Island Rail Review play an important role in that endeavour.

We will engage constructively with the consultation, to ensure the interests of Northern Ireland and its people are maximised.”

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