STORMONT has welcomed news that Boris Johnson’s plans to build the “world’s most stupid bridge” between Scotland and Northern Ireland have been shelved.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said she was pleased to have received confirmation that proposals for a bridge or tunnel have been abandoned. 

Her comments to her Assembly scrutiny committee followed a report in this week's Financial Times that the project – dubbed the “world’s most stupid bridge” by Dominic Cummings – was "dead" after being axed in a Treasury spending review.

The Prime Minister has been a vocal supporter of the fixed link and the UK Government had commissioned a feasibility study to examine if the infrastructure project was possible.

Some experts estimated a bridge could cost £20 billion.

"I was pleased that we got confirmation that the distraction of a £20bn fixed bridge, or three tunnels and a roundabout under the sea has finally been put to bed," Mallon told a meeting of Stormont's Infrastructure committee.

"This was a bridge that was estimated to cost £20 billion and we all know around this table what we could do for infrastructure and for our communities with £20bn."

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It comes after the Scottish Government revealed it had not been consulted on the plans.

A Holyrood source told The National: “You’ll be amazed to learn we’ve had no official contact on this.”

Mallon also said the UK Government had yet to stump up the funds required for a series of infrastructure projects within Northern Ireland that it committed to supporting in the New Decade, New Approach agreement that restored powersharing in 2020.

"The truth is that the British government, Boris Johnson have signed up to a number of infrastructure commitments in New Decade, New Approach," said the minister.

"It was Boris Johnson who wanted the terminology to 'turbocharge our infrastructure' in New Decade, New Approach and I continue to make engagements with ministerial counterparts in the British government to press on them to realise that commitment."

She added: "I will continue to do what I can to secure the funding that has been promised."