Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Ms Armstrong said she had been alerted to the matter during the last Infrastructure Committee meeting, when Departmental officials had left York Street off a list of priority projects.
“There again remains an issue with the lack of openness and transparency from the Executive. Rather than following normal budget protocols, including public consultation, the Minister is charging ahead with projects and putting things on hold without allowing either the Committee to scrutinise his actions or the wider public to have a say.
“Coming as it does at the intersection of three motorways, York Street has more people a day stuck in traffic jams there than Dungiven sees. Yet the Minister was able to recently announce a major upgrade project there but today we have had confirmation the York Street scheme is officially on hold.
“While it is important to invest west of the Bann, it is clear in this instance the Minister has prioritised his and his party’s infrastructure objectives instead of what is best for Northern Ireland, while attempting to avoid any scrutiny of his actions.”