Results 1–20 of 1299 for speaker:Nichola Mallon

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A4 Enniskillen Bypass: Update (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Enniskillen bypass was one of the key strategic projects that I committed to take forward. Work has started on the ground, and I am sure that the Member has seen that. It is very important that the project advances. Crucial to that will be ensuring that there is the funding to do so. I refer back to my previous comments about my frustration, which I know is shared, with the absence of an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A4 Enniskillen Bypass: Update (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: We hope to be able to move to full procurement and construction. Of course, that is dependent on the funding that comes across in the forthcoming financial year. On the issue of active travel, when we look at bypasses, it is very important that we do not just look at them in the very narrow sense of building a road away from a town. It is really important that we breathe life into those towns...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Fuel Costs: School Bus Operators (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Member raises a very important point. It is certainly an issue that I am concerned about in relation to Translink, although it bought and secured fuel in advance. Members will also know that rising costs are a massive issue for Northern Ireland Water, which is the single biggest electricity consumer in the North. School transport is a matter that falls to the Department of Education and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Fuel Costs: School Bus Operators (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I have to be respectful of the Education Minister's role and responsibilities, but the Member will know that we have initiated the third scheme for private bus and coach operators that were impacted by significant reductions in their income during the pandemic. Applications for that scheme closed earlier this month, and we received 90 applications. Those applications are being processed so...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Derry to Coleraine Rail Network (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: That is an important piece of work. The feasibility study on the half-hourly service between Derry and Belfast, and also on the three rail halts, is ongoing and is due for completion in the summer. That will enable us to move to the next stages and get to the point where it is being realised and where the local community there can enjoy the benefits of improved access to rail and be able to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Derry to Coleraine Rail Network (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: All the steps that need to be taken in advance of construction on the ground are being taken. How quickly progress will be made will be dependent on the funding that comes across to the Department. As Minister, I have been very clear that rail is a huge untapped opportunity that we have been missing. I am very keen that we do what we can to expand the rail network, particularly in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Cost-of-living Crisis: DFI Actions (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Member is absolutely right. We bandy about terms like "cost-of-living crisis", but the reality is that so many households are being crippled by soaring food bills, fuel bills and energy bills. People who are on social security are absolutely struggling. People who are not in receipt of social security are absolutely struggling, with many saying that their finances are being challenged...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Cost-of-living Crisis: DFI Actions (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Member can be absolutely assured of my support. All of us have constituents contacting us, all of us know how difficult and tight things are getting for people, and all of us want to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to help our citizens at this difficult time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Traffic Lights: Victoria Road, Carrickfergus (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: All politics is local, and these issues are hugely important. I am not aware of that particular instance. My instinct leads me to think that there may be an electrical fault, if the outage has been so frequent, but I give a commitment to taking the issue away, asking my officials for an update and providing the Member with an update in writing.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Traffic Lights: Victoria Road, Carrickfergus (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I am shocked and appalled at how P&O workers have been treated, as was everybody. Who thinks that it is acceptable to treat people in that way — stripping them of their dignity and treating them like a cheap commodity? We need to reflect very carefully on where society is going on workers' rights and protections, particularly in the globalised world in which we live. The Member will know...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: As I said, it is an important document, because it will set out the infrastructure priorities for road, bus and rail up until 2035. Officials have been working with consultant partners to try to bring further detail to that. I am clear that we need to make sure that we get it as right as we can before it goes out to public consultation. Members will have the opportunity to respond and to make...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I wish Mr Robinson well. In my encounters with him, he has always been an absolute gentleman. He has never played the person. He has always really cared about his constituents and his community, and that constantly shines through. If I were able to bring forward infrastructure projects based on the integrity of the Member campaigning for them, those would all be built, I assure you of that,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Safety: Hannahstown (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I am keen to improve facilities for pedestrians, and I recently visited Hannahstown to listen to concerns and see for myself the difficulties being experienced by road users and, in particular, pedestrians. I have given my commitment to the delivery of a new footway through Hannahstown village, and my Department is progressing the design. I have instructed my officials to assess the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Road Safety: Hannahstown (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Member will know that there are complexities to the project around topography, the presence of adjacent private residential properties, access to land, which was resolved last month, public utility equipment and the existing narrow masonry bridge. I have said to local residents and to my officials that we need to work hard to complete the design. A consultant has been appointed to take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A5 Garvaghy: Traffic-calming Measures (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I have had the very moving opportunity to meet families who have tragically lost a loved one on that stretch of road. That was an important opportunity for me to hear at first hand their experience and the experiences of the local community as they try to go about their everyday business while living in close proximity to a key transport corridor. I assure the Member and all the families who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A5 Garvaghy: Traffic-calming Measures (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I have published the new addendum and the associated documentation. The public consultation process is under way and will run to 6 May. As Minister for Infrastructure, I have no authority over when the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) will reconvene the public inquiry, but it is hoped that it can take place later this year. My officials have been in discussions with the PAC to secure an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A5 Garvaghy: Traffic-calming Measures (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: I am happy to provide a written update so that the Member has the latest position on Orpen Drive.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Dungiven Bypass (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: Construction of the new 25·5-kilometre section of dual carriageway between Drumahoe and Dungiven, which includes a bypass of Dungiven, is now well advanced, with earthworks, drainage and all 22 structures substantially complete. In November 2021, work commenced to lay the final surface course. To date, more than 30% of the final road surface has been laid. Work continues on the remaining...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Dungiven Bypass (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: The Member will know that the regional strategic network transport plan is being developed with the aim of going out to public consultation. That will set strategic priorities to 2035 for road, bus and rail. I encourage the Member to make representations about the project that he has just cited when that goes out to public consultation. He has raised others with me that can be considered...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Dungiven Bypass (21 Mar 2022)

Nichola Mallon: To help to promote active travel in line with my Department's commitment to create greener infrastructure and encourage people to walk and cycle, the scheme provides a continuous route for cyclists and pedestrians between Claudy and Drumahoe. It will be a combination of proposed new and existing footpaths and new shared-use access lanes and existing roads that will also provide a link to Oaks...


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