Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

Boris suggests UK-France Channel bridge

Boris Johnson has raised the idea of building a bridge across the Channel - and French President Emmanuel Macron is reported to like the idea.

The UK Foreign Secretary unveiled his plan yesterday at a UK-France summit held at Sandhurst military academy in Berkshire.

Sky News reports Boris said: "We need a new fixed link between the UK and France.

"It's crazy that two of the biggest economies in the world are connected by one railway line when they are only 20 miles apart."

According to sources, Macron replied: "I agree. Let's do it."

Boris later tweeted a picture of himself and Macron giving the thumbs up, along with the words: "En marche!"

His tweet continued: "Great meetings with French counterparts today."

Former UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage, who also has a talk show on London's LBC radio, has called the bridge idea a 'big waste of money'.

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  • Never did I think I would agree with Nigel Farage

    but I do on this occasion. A complete waste of tax payers money, which should be spent on the NHS, schools & our emergency services

    By Kay Ellis, Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Does nobody remember...

    ...that this was discussed at length when the idea of a fixed link was being considered in the 1970s?. In the end a tunnel rather than a bridge was decided upon for many reasons - not least of which was the danger to both bridge users and shipping. The Channel is the busiest stretch of water in the world and the last thing it needs is a load of bridge supports across it. The other main reason was the liklehood of the bridge's being closed in bad weather - which is not a problem to the tunnel. If we need more capacity, then another tunnel would be the answer; much of the infrastructure is in place and the new bore would be simpler that the first one as the geology of the Channel is now known far better than it was in 1988.

    By Richard English, Friday, January 19, 2018

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