A Downing Street spokesman has confirmed that “work is underway” on planning Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed bridge linking Great Britain with Northern Ireland.
As a part of his post-Brexit infrastructure plans, Boris Johnson has reintroduced his idea of a £20 billion bridge that would connect Scotland to Northern Ireland. The project is expected to be modelled on the Øresund Bridge that links Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden.
“The prime minister has said it would have some merit — as a result, you would expect government to be looking into it,” said a spokesman per the BBC.
“Work is underway by a range of government officials,” the spokesman concluded.
The bridge would likely span from Portpatrick in Scotland to Larne, Northern Ireland, and is expected to run for approximately 20 miles, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Engineers are considering a bridge-tunnel split in order to mitigate any danger posed by Beaufort’s Dyke, the site of the UK’s largest munitions dump, where some 1 million tonnes of chemical and other munitions were dumped following the Second World War. The plans could also see the construction of artificial islands to help span the North Channel.
Boris Johnson to Boost Spending in the North and Midlands over London https://t.co/qPjZ3wbOiq
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) December 28, 2019
The move by Boris Johnson is seen as an attempt to solidify the post-Brexit relationship between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, as well as a means of stimulating economic growth through increased trade.
A bridge of this magnitude is not without precedent; at 20 miles long, it would be ten miles shorter than the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge-tunnel system in China (pictured, above) that crosses 30 miles of water. The longest oversea bridge is the 22.4-mile Hangzhou Bay Bridge and the longest bridge in the world is the 102-mile Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, both of which are in China.
In response to the announcement that the bridge would be built from Scotland, the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, said: “This is crazy. What about the North of England?”
This is crazy. What about the North of England? https://t.co/VRDpg3vyx1
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 10, 2020
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