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US NewsBoris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion'

19:15  12 september  2019
19:15  12 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Boris Johnson is exploring plans to build a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland , it is reportedCredit: Reuters. Last year, DUP politicians in Northern backed Mr Johnson 's plan for a £ 15 billion "Brexit bridge " linking south-west Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland .

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Boris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion' © Reuters
  • Boris Johnson said his plan to build a bridge connecting Northern Ireland to Scotland would "only cost about £15 billion."
  • The prime minister has reportedly asked UK government officials to assess the pros and cons of constructing a bridge across the Irish sea.
  • One engineering expert branded the proposal a "thoughtless soundbite" that "no sane contractor or responsible government" would sanction.

Boris Johnson has said his plan to build a bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union "would only cost about £15 billion."

The prime minister on Thursday told schoolchildren his "very good" idea of constructing a bridge connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland would cost approximately £15 billion ($18.5 billion.)

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Boris Johnson has given his support to a bridge proposed across the Irish Sea. " Boris thinks this is an interesting idea which should be looked at more seriously Trefgarne calculated the cost of the project at £ 15 billion , which is 10 per cent of the estimated cost of building an English Channel bridge .

"Anything that makes it easier for trade and passengers to transfer going across a bridge rather than actually having to ferry is a good outcome for everyone" says Professor Alan Dunlop as Boris Johnson backs plan for £ 15 bn bridge connecting Northern Ireland & Scotland .

Johnson has asked officials in his UK government to look at the costs and risks of building a 28-mile bridge across the Irish Sea.

The prime minister has reportedly asked officials to examine "where this money could come from" as well as "the risks around the project," one of which appears to be unexploded bombs dropped into the sea during World War II.

Speaking to schoolchildren in central London today, Johnson said: "[I was talking yesterday] about building a bridge from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland - that would be very good.

"It would only cost about £15 billion."

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Boris Johnson backs plans for a bridge between Scotland and Northern IrelandCredit: Reuters. The £ 15 billion cost could be partly recouped by charging drivers to use the bridge , which would be And he was mocked for demanding his own private plane so he doesn’t have to fly on commercial

BORIS JOHNSON is exploring plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to Last year, DUP politicians in Northern backed Mr Johnson 's plan for a £ 15 billion "Brexit bridge " Mr Johnson suggested building a bridge which would run from western Scotland to Northern

Both Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to stay in the EU, and the former is facing the prospect of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, which would harm businesses there and potentially trigger civil unrest.

The prime minister first suggested the idea of a bridge across the Irish Sea when he was foreign secretary in 2018 and has apparently revived it since entering Downing Street.

His proposal was, at the time, branded by one expert as a "thoughtless soundbite" that "no sane contractor or responsible government" would sanction.

Writing to The Sunday Times last year, James Duncan, a retired offshore engineer from Edinburgh, said the idea was "about as feasible as building a bridge to the moon."

"Many long bridges have been built, but none across such a wide, deep and stormy stretch of water," he continued.

"For a great part of the 22-mile route the water is more than 1,000 feet deep. It would require about 30 support towers at least 1,400 feet high to carry the road deck across the deepest part and above the shipping channel. In total the bridge would require 54 towers, of heights never achieved anywhere in the world."

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