Federation comments on latest A5 development

Commenting after the Department for Infrastructure announced it would seek to get approval for the A5 Western Transport Corridor road scheme, using the provisions of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018, during 2019, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said...

“Given the most recent legal developments with respect to the A5 in November, it is very welcome that the Department have moved so speedily to recommence work on the scheme with the intent of it being approved, and construction commencing, during 2019.

“As this decision is, ultimately, tied to the passing of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act and its associated guidance, it is now critical that all Government Departments follow the lead of the Department for Infrastructure by seeking to utilise the powers of the new legislation to bring forward a range of capital works, both public and private sector, which are currently unable to progress for a variety of reasons.

“It is also critical that we see consistency in application of the Act and its associated guidance by all Government Departments as it must, in the continued absence of Ministers, be the means by which greater certainty can be applied to all levels of public sector construction works”.