Bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland proposed


Blackleaf
#1
Northern Ireland could be connected to mainland Britain with a £20 billion superbridge across the Irish Sea.

Proposals have been made for a crossing from Larne in County Antrim stretching the 25-mile gap to Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway.


THE GIANT CAUSEWAY Forget the English Channel… Northern Ireland and Scotland could soon be connected with a 25-mile superbridge

Calls for £20 billion crossing from Larne in Northern Ireland to the Scottish town of Portpatrick to create a 'Celtic powerhouse'

By Neal Baker
25th January 2018
The Sun

Northern Ireland could be connected to mainland Britain with a £20 billion superbridge across the Irish Sea.

Proposals have been made for a crossing from Larne in County Antrim stretching the 25-mile gap to Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway.


A 25 mile bridge from Larne in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland has been proposed

The link was suggested after Boris Johnson called for a bridge across the English Channel to France — at its shortest a distance of 20 miles.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson and senior party figure Simon Hamilton called for serious consideration of the scheme yesterday.

Engineers have previously cast doubt on the feasibility of a bridge or tunnel.

But there are hopes that new technology coupled with the DUP's hold over the Conservatives — whom they are propping up with a "supply and demand" deal in the Commons — could make the bridge a reality.


The DUP's Sammy Wilson called for serious consideration of the Celt bridge

A DUP spokeswoman told The Times that a bridge could “act as a catalyst for developing further links between the two islands”.

Mr Wilson told the Belfast News Letter that it would “have a major positive impact on both countries economically”.

He added: “People used to think the Channel Tunnel was pie in the sky.

"This idea of a fixed crossing has been derided as nonsense for years, but it is entirely feasible from a technical point of view.”


Larne in County Antrim is thought to be ideal for a crossing point


Portpatrick is just 25 miles away from the NI port city of Larne

Alan Dunlop, a visiting professor at Liverpool University’s School of Architecture, said a bridge was possible and could create a “Celtic powerhouse”, The Times reported.

He added: "In terms of a crossing between Scotland and Northern Ireland, a Celtic connection, the coastline between each country is more sheltered and the waterway better protected [than the English Channel].

"Crucially, the north channel of the Irish Sea is not nearly as significant a shipping lane.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/541152...ridge-channel/
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 28th, 2018 at 11:55 AM..
 
Curious Cdn
#2
That's probably a good idea. It will bring Britain back into the Irish fold, again.
 
taxslave
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Bad plan. All the riffraff would then have easy access to Ireland.

Same reason we don't want one to the island. Also for us it would raise house prices dramatically with no real benefit.
 
Blackleaf
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

That's probably a good idea. It will bring Britain back into the Irish fold, again.

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom.
 
taxslave
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom.

That can be fixed.
 
Curious Cdn
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom.

We'll see ... Post Brexit ...
 
Blackleaf
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

That can be fixed.

Only if the people of Northern Ireland want it.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

We'll see ... Post Brexit ...

You certainly will.
 
taxslave
#8
WHy wouldn't they?
 
Blackleaf
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

WHy wouldn't they?

1) Most Northern Irish are Protestant Unionists who are fiercely proud to be British. This is reflected in the fact that the DUP is NI's largest party and is propping up the British Tory government;

2) Northern Ireland breaking away from the UK is not economically viable for Northern Ireland. It is dependent on billions of pounds of UK subsidies. Therefore, it will not be viable as an independent nation - and the Republic of Ireland may not want to take it onboard and subsidise it.

Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Bad plan. All the riffraff would then have easy access to Ireland.

Many people on mainland Britain could argue that the bridge would make it easier for illegals to get to the mainland from the Republic of Ireland, which would still be in the EU.
 
taxslave
+1
#10
If I lived in Ireland I would be more concerned with briddish refugees fleeing when Chuckie and horse face take over.
 
PoliticalNick
#11
It will never happen. The seas are too rough, the currents are too strong and it would be $20 billion in engineering and development before 1 shovel of dirt was moved.

They have been talking of a bridge to Vancouver Island since the 60's and....well.....nothing but pipe dreams!
 
Blackleaf
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick View Post

It will never happen. The seas are too rough

They managed to build this on the eastern coast of Scotland, where the waters are equally rough, and they did so in the 19th Century:

 
Curious Cdn
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick View Post

It will never happen. The seas are too rough, the currents are too strong and it would be $20 billion in engineering and development before 1 shovel of dirt was moved.

They have been talking of a bridge to Vancouver Island since the 60's and....well.....nothing but pipe dreams!

Imagine the seismic issues (and the depths!) that they'd have to deal with building a bridge to Vancouver Island.

The Irish Sea is very rough, strong tidal currents but quite shallow and it is, at least, doable. The only way to get to Vancouver Island would be with some sort of a Tsunami-proof pontoon bridge. Good luck with that spec.
 
Fiasco
#14
Pretty.
 

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