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Transport Minister visits Brussels

24 March, 2010 - by Westminster

Transport Minister, Conor Murphy, is in Brussels today to address a seminar on sustainable transport. The seminar focuses on the challenges faced by a peripheral region in delivering sustainable transport.

The Minister said: “The objectives of this visit are to share our experiences in developing innovative and practical solutions to delivering sustainable transport, in a peripheral region such as the North of Ireland and to discuss with, and gain support from, EU officials for our vision of the future of transport on this part of the island.

“The EU can play a critical role in promoting best practice and ensuring a coordinated and integrated response across member states to the challenge of sustainable transport. I believe there is a real opportunity here to move towards a more equitable and sustainable model which benefits all regions and communities.”

Setting out his commitment to delivering more sustainable transport arrangements locally, the Minister said: “It is clear that current patterns of transport in the North and the high level of dependency upon the private car are not sustainable, economically, socially or environmentally.

“Last year I established a new division within my department to develop integrated and sustainable transport arrangements. Its work will help inform the review of the Regional Transportation Strategy, which will in future provide the strategic direction for transportation here. We must be responsive to local and regional travel needs and make sustainable transport people’s first choice and not last resort.”

The seminar, organised by the NI Executive Office in Brussels as part of EU Sustainable Energy week, will bring together figures from across the EU to listen and debate the work of the Department and explore possible solutions to common issues in respect of sustainable transport.

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