The Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MLA has says in an early statement that major transport connections are essential for economic growth and social cohesion.
The North of Ireland’s first Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard will ensure infrastructure development supports economic growth and social cohesion.
Speaking following his appointment today Minister Hazzard said: “I am delighted to be the first Infrastructure Minister. The work of my Department will be vital in supporting economic growth and also in developing social cohesion.
“There are a number of significant projects underway to develop our road network including the A5 and A6 and I will be working with the Dublin government on progressing projects like Narrow Water Bridge and the Ulster Canal. I look forward to seeing these and other projects reach completion and the benefits they will bring for local people.”
The Minister added: “Following the recent restructuring, for the first time the Infrastructure portfolio brings together not just planning for our roads and transport network including vehicle regulation and road safety functions, but also strategic planning and water, rivers and flooding management. I think this is hugely important as we all work together to deliver for all of the people.”