West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

North West must be recognised as a core EU transport network

Published: 11 November, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the North West infrastructure needs to be included in the core network of TEN-T which has a massive £200 billion budget between 2014 and 2020. Mr Aleer said "The objective of TEN-T is to have an integrated transport system across the EU to enable the seamless movement of people, services and goods yet the A5, A6 or indeed Derry Port are not included in the core network. "I spoke in the Assembly on the need of both the Irish and Regional Development Minister to live up to their responsibilities in delivering the A5 and A6 as promised under the programme for government. "While I am heartened by the recent comments by the Taoiseach it is important that we keep a focus on these projects until they are completed. "It is also crucial that we campaign to have Derry City included as a core node as this would allow for routes leading to the city including the A5 and A6 to have access to grants from the £200 billion European fund for developing infrastructure. "This Minister Michelle McIlveen needs to revisit the inclusion of the North West as a core network within TEN-T given the peripherally of the North West in Europe, its gateway location to North America and Canada and the fact that it is located on the junction of two EU jurisdictions. "The economic development of the entire North West region is depending in transforming our infrastructure and I will be continue to raise this matter until it is delivered and the people of this area can vie for investment on an equal basis."