Infrastructure Minister outlines priorities to build connectivity and unlock economic potential

Date published: 08 June 2016

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has outlined his priorities to build connectivity and unlock economic potential.

Infrastructure Minister Hazzard

Addressing the Assembly’s Infrastructure Committee today, Minister Hazzard emphasised his commitment to the delivery of A5 and A6 transport corridors and to enhancing the public transport and greenway infrastructure of the region.

He said:

“During this mandate, I want to ensure there is a focus on our strategic infrastructure needs for the next 20-30 years. I recognise that what we do today impacts the next generation too and getting things right now is vital. 

“Programme for Government commitments to improve transport connections and increase the use of public transport and active travel are areas I will be working to progress with urgency.

“In particular, building transport connections to ensure we have an infrastructure which enables economic growth across the region is key and I am committed to the delivery of the A5 and A6 major road schemes. To this end I will be seeking early discussions with my Ministerial counterpart in the south to ensure their monetary commitment to the A5 remains intact.

“I will also be working to progress key public transport projects, including delivery of Belfast Rapid Transit and Transport Hubs in Derry and Belfast. Cross-border projects outlined in the Fresh Start Agreement will also be prioritised, alongside other major improvements."

In concluding, the Minister said:

“My department has a major part to play in building a successful region by driving economic growth and tackling disadvantage, but it is also a vital component in the daily lives of all of our citizens providing vital services so important for quality of life. Investment in our transport and water infrastructure is a key driver for attracting investment and I intend to play my part in building economic growth for future generations.”

Notes to editors: 

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