SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has welcomed co-operation between Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon MLA and her Scottish counterpart, who have jointly rubbished the idea of a bridge to Scotland.
The Foyle MP said: “I welcome the engagement between SDLP Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon MLA and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure in Scotland, Michael Matheson MSP.
“They have both made it clear that they were not consulted on the Prime Minister’s plans to undertake a feasibility study into a bridge to Scotland. This is concerning given the fact transport is a devolved matter.”
“This project could cost in the region of £20 billion, which would be an utter waste of public money, when it could be better spent addressing ongoing pressures and investing in communities across the North.”
“We should be talking about increasing connectivity on this island where our transport infrastructure is a disgrace.
“Projects like the A5, the A6 and Narrow Water Bridge would contribute significantly more towards economic growth in the North than this white elephant project in the Irish Sea.
“Just ask people in London how Boris Johnson’s last Bridge project went – the Garden Bridge cost taxpayers £43 million and is nowhere to be seen,” added the SDLP leader.