Earlier this morning Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon outlined the challenges facing her resource budget, as she sets out her plans to support communities through recovery, while promoting economic growth and transformation through capital spend.
Commenting on the news this morning Independent William McCandless said ;
“The proposals from Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon are very welcome indeed and hopefully, she will gain support from her colleagues at the Assembly to achieve many of these points.
“Transport is responsible for approximately 30% of greenhouse gas with emissions from our cars, heavy vehicles, ships trains and planes, and of these planes and cars are ranked as the highest pollutants connected with transport.
“Investment in blue/green infrastructure would be a real boon to our beautiful landscape which we all have practically on our doorsteps in rural areas and this is essential particularly to our water purification, air quality and space for recreation.
“We have many disused railway lines which used to connect our towns and villages and this is a matter we have discussed in council chamber for many years, particularly opening up the Ballymoney to Ballycastle line for walking and cycling.
“The benefits for physical and mental health well being would be invaluable.
“Practically every councillor has discussed at one time or another the speed limit restrictions necessary approaching our schools, particularly in the rural areas and road safety measures, street lights and potholes are a daily occurrence from residents throughout the Borough.
“As for completion of the scenic Coleraine to Londonderry rail journey, Michael Palin himself described it as “ One of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world “.
“The benefits to our communities and to tourism would be very welcome, particularly in our Borough.”