Plans to build a bridge connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland are scrapped

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Some experts estimated a bridge could cost £20bn

Because of engineering problems and projected costs, it was impossible to plan for a bridge or tunnel to be built between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

When it’s released next week, a study that examined whether such a project is possible will advise against any proposal.

According to the BBC, the government is expected to agree with the recommendation.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Britain, has supported a permanent link between Northern Ireland and Britain.

The Telegraph reported first that Sir Peter Hendy (transport expert) was asked to evaluate connections between different areas of the UK by government officials. He concluded the project wasn’t feasible at the moment.

According to a government source, Sir Peter examined the cost of an inter-island fixed connection and concluded that it would prove difficult technically at this time.

According to a source, “that’s not saying it won’t be viable at some time in the future but it would still be extremely, very difficult, and expensive at the moment.”

According to the Department for Transport, speculation is not something we comment upon. Soon, the Union Connectivity Review is expected to be released.

As far back as 1890s, plans for a link between Northern Ireland & Scotland were in place.

In its 2015 manifesto, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), revived this idea. Johnson previously described a bridge in his previous article as “very interesting”.

Some experts suggested such a project would cost £15bn, while others have said that £20bn would be a conservative estimate.

There were two possible routes to a connection: from Portpatrick, to Larne or close to Campbeltown, to the Antrim coastline.

In September, Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the “distraction of a £20bn fixed bridge, or three tunnels and a roundabout under the sea” had “finally been put to bed”.

“We all know around this table what we could do for infrastructure and for our communities with £20bn,” she said.

The Boris bridge idea was not only ridiculed but had many supporters.

DUP supported the idea and pointed to other similar projects, such as the Hong Kong-Ju-Hi crossroads. It is a 34-mile-long bridge-tunnel combination that crosses the Pearl River Delta.

Stormont’s Infrastructure Minister Nichola Malon, however, was not happy with the idea and called it distracting.

Once a fixed link is eliminated, the focus will shift to the actual content of the Union Connectivity Review.

Both sides of the Irish Sea have more common projects that can bring about economic benefits, if funded.

Source: BBC.com

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