Said the Foyle MP: “Today’s announcement of the all-island Strategic Rail Review is very welcome and it sends a clear signal that the SDLP’s ambition for all Ireland rail infrastructure is leading the way.
“Linking the North West with the rest of the island is key to addressing our economic problems, opening up opportunities for our citizens and our island economy.
“It is clear that we need jobs for our young people so they can have a career and put down roots here, instead of having to leave the North West in search of opportunities.
“To create more jobs, we need infrastructure development and university expansion.
“I’m glad that Minister Nichola Mallon is working closely with her counterpart Eamon Ryan to further that ambition following on from last year’s announcement on extending commitment to high-speed rail to include Derry and Limerick.
“It’s fantastic to see both administrations working in partnership to better connect people, communities and businesses across the island.
“This all-island strategic rail review will be a real game-changer for connectivity, sustainable transport and investment across our island, including for us in the North West.
“The SDLP is committed to tackling the climate crisis and transforming our society.
“We know this is our chance for change, and by using the power that we have, we are working to deliver the radical change our citizens, our environment, our society deserves.”