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Ford calls for investment in South Antrim Infrastructure

June 27, 2017 2:26 PM

David FordAlliance MLA, David Ford, has welcomed the £400m agreed for infrastructure between the DUP and the British Government over the next 2 years, whilst making the case for large swathes of the money to be used in South Antrim.

Speaking after the announcement last week Mr Ford said "Whilst this deal brings huge financial benefit to Northern Ireland I do have concerns at the impact this will have on the Conservative Government acting as an honest broker with all political parties."

"The investment in infrastructure is, however, welcome and I have written to the Department of Infrastructure to make the case for a dual carriageway to the Airport, a Ballyclare Relief Road and a railway halt at Ballymartin. All of these will bring serious economic benefits locally and nationally. In terms of the Ballyclare relief road, residents have waited long enough. It is now time to deliver after two failed attempts to leave this with private contractors."

"It is important that the finances from this deal deliver for the people of all of Northern Ireland and it is crucial we have a stable and functioning Executive to spend the money effectively. I will continue to lobby those in power to ensure South Antrim gets its fair share of the investment, particularly on infrastructure issues which are so vital to our growing economy."

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