Vital that regional voices are heard on National Infrastructure Commission

03 December 2019

DUP South Belfast Westminster candidate Emma Little Pengelly has said it is important that the National Infrastructure Commission is truly national in nature and that the voices of the UK regions are heard on it.

Emma Little Pengelly

Emma Little Pengelly

Mrs Little Pengelly said:

“In order to see a fully national infrastructure vision achieved in the coming years it is really important that all voices from all regions are heard. That is why we have a 12 Point Plan to Get NI Moving Again and a manifesto where we call for a mechanism whereby the devolved regions get to nominate members of the National Infrastructure Commission as well as the national government.

The DUP has a detailed set of proposals to improve infrastructure throughout the United Kingdom including full fibre networks and 5G network rollout. We want to see expansion of the public transport bus fleet and shifting it to alternative energies and away from diesel. We are also committed to investment in the strategic road network including the provision of more and better lorry parking facilities.

Outside of Northern Ireland we want to see the A77 to the Central Belt of Scotland and the A75 in the north of England declared a national infrastructure priority. These roads are vitally important for trade from and into Northern Ireland.

Too often, conversations around the development of infrastructure in the United Kingdom are London and South East-centric. It is important that the voices of other UK regions are heard in the discussions.”

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