AQW 917/17-22


Ms Sinéad Ennis
Sinn Féin
South Down


Tabled Date: 24/01/2020
Answered On Date: 13/02/2020
Priority Written: No


Question:
To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how her Department will implement Government commitments contained in New Decade, New Approach in relation to the Narrow Water Bridge project.


Answer:
In the New Decade, New Approach deal, the UK Government committed to providing additional financial support for infrastructure delivery to enable the Northern Ireland Executive to invest in a range of potential capital projects such as Narrow Water Bridge. The Irish Government also stated their readiness to jointly progress consideration of options for the development of the Narrow Water Bridge project at the North South Ministerial Council.
I will be reviewing the options that have been considered to support future development of Narrow Water in coming weeks. I recognise the importance of the Narrow Water Bridge project in linking the communities on both sides of the lough and maximising the tourism potential of this cross border region whilst protecting the natural environment in this area of historic and ecological significance.