How can the Department for Infrastructure fund delivery of its infrastructure pipeline?

Northern Ireland’s infrastructure development was neglected for decades. There are now plans in place to rectify this but how this will be funded remains uncertain.

Artist’s Impression of Belfast’s proposed ‘Transport Hub’ which has already received EU TEN-T funding during the planning phase and would have been eligible to compete for money as it moved into the capital phase.
Image provided by the Department for Infrastructure

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Has transport investment been a priority for the Northern Ireland Executive? A comparison of transport expenditure across the UK

Overall public spending per capita is higher in Northern Ireland than in any of the other UK regions. However, the proportion which is spent on transport is lower.

A look back at the dualling of the A1; the main route between Belfast-Newry-Dublin. The new north-bound carriageway is on the left and carrying two-way traffic while the new south-bound carriageway is under construction on the right. The road opened on 23 November 2006.
Image by Albert Bridge, under Creative Commons

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What does the future hold for cycling policy in Northern Ireland?

A cyclist making use of one of Belfast City Centre’s cycle lanes passes one of the Belfast Bikes scheme docking stations
A cyclist making use of one of Belfast City Centre’s cycle lanes passes one of the Belfast Bikes scheme docking stations

Cycling is one of our most popular leisure pursuits but can it move from being a hobby to an everyday transport mode and, importantly, replace car journeys?

Large groups of cyclists racing down country roads and family bike rides around local parks and cycle paths are increasingly common sights in Northern Ireland, particularly since the success of the Grande Partenza ‘Big Start’ of the 97th Giro d’Italia gripped the country in 2014. What is less common, however, is the sight of everyday cyclists using their bike to get to their place of work or education, to visit the shops or go for a coffee with friends.

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