23/11/2021

SDLP Demands Boris Johnson Hands Over Failed Bridge Investment

Following the news the a proposed bridge linking NI to Scotland has been scrapped, SDLP Deputy Leader and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on him to hand over the funds for a failed bridge project to the North.

Ms Mallon has consistently called Boris Johnson's bridge plans a "Tory vanity project".

It is understood that Boris Johnson has now shelved his dream for a bridge or tunnel connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Welcoming the move, SDLP Deputy Leader and Minister Nichola Mallon has sent a memo to the Prime Minister demanding that the investment instead is redirected to the North so money can be spent on the public services that citizens and communities here deserve.
News Image
North Belfast MLA Ms Mallon said: "Finally Boris Johnson seems to accept that his vanity project, the Boris Bridge, is not only technically unworkable but is a gross misuse of public money.

"Now this issue is set to be put to bed, I have today sent a memo to the Prime Minister calling for this promised investment to be provided to the North so it can be used to enhance our public services to ensure we can deliver what our citizens and communities deserve.

"After almost 15 years of the DUP and Sinn Féin leading Government, our public services are continuing to crumble. Only the SDLP is standing up to Boris and his cronies in Number 10 to prioritise the needs of people over party political self interest. It’s long past time the promises of investment and delivery in New Decade New Approach materialised."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

21 January 2022
Ministers Launch Construction Of £15m Ebrington Hotel
The Office of the First and deputy First Minister have announced the start of construction work on the £15m Ebrington Hotel. The development includes £7.25 million through the NI Investment Fund and £1.75 million from Invest Northern Ireland.
27 February 2012
First Passengers Jump Aboard New London Bus
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will today deliver on his manifesto pledge to introduce a 21st century bus that draws inspiration from the iconic Routemaster, as the first new bus for London enters passenger service.
18 May 2010
London Transport Gets Wrighbus Boost
The open passenger platform that was so much a part of London buses it to make a return - thanks to a Co Antrim-based company. The final design of the 'New Bus' for London, based on the much-loved Routemaster, was unveiled this week by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
08 July 2021
Further Covid-19 Relaxations To Be Discussed
The Northern Ireland Executive is preparing to meet later today, Thursday 07 July, to discuss the easing of more coronavirus restrictions. According to reports, a new indicative date of 26 July will be announced for theatres and indoor seated venues to reopen.
30 November 2021
Consultation Launches On Proposals For 'Charlotte's Law'
Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a public consultation on proposals for 'Charlotte's Law'. The consultation follows a review of current law in relation to disclosure of information on the locations of victims' remains by those convicted of their killing.