“People Thought The Channel Tunnel Was A Mad Idea At The Time”


At top: The Øresund – that connects the Danish capital of Copenhagen to the Swedish city of Malmö – transitions from a bridge into a tunnel 


Boris Johnson is completely serious about building a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland to boost the union.

The PM has ordered officials in Whitehall to look at the project and whether it’s possible.

An artificial island around 2.5 miles long and 500 yards wide is likely to link the bridge to the tunnel.

Under one version of Boris’ plan, the bridge would run from the Scottish coast over the trench, before becoming a tunnel for the final stretch to Northern Ireland.

Local geography might even dictate the need for two artificial islands to span the North Channel.

A Whitehall source told The Sun:

“There were some people who thought the Channel Tunnel was a mad idea at the time. “We are looking at the feasibility of a bridge and if it could be made to work.”

Boris Johnson ramps up plans for £20bn bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to boost union (The Irish Sun)

Government officials working on plans for bridge linking Scotland to Northern Ireland, No 10 confirms – live news (The Guardian)

Graphic; The Sun

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18 thoughts on ““People Thought The Channel Tunnel Was A Mad Idea At The Time”

    1. Charger Salmons

      Like a straddling Leviathan.
      Although these days I’m more of a roll-on,roll-off ferry sort …

    1. paul

      I went on one of the Game of Thrones tours a while back, very interesting and pre season 8 so we were all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and one of the stops was Larne or, as the tour guide called it, ‘f*cking Larne’. Not a popular spot I take it.

  1. dav

    it will be interesting once the hit the munitions and nuclear waste that they’ve dumped there
    Because of its depth and its proximity to the Cairnryan military port, it became the United Kingdom’s largest offshore dump site for conventional and chemical munitions after the Second World War; in July 1945, 14,500 tons of 5-inch (130-millimetre) artillery rockets filled with phosgene were dumped in Beaufort’s Dyke.[1] The Ministry of Defence estimates that there are well over a million tons of munitions at the bottom of Beaufort’s Dyke.[2]
    According to documents discovered at the Public Record Office approximately two tonnes of concrete-encased metal drums, filled with radioactive laboratory rubbish and luminous paint, were dumped during the 1950s into Beaufort Dyke, 300 metres deep and 10 kilometres off the Scottish coast.[3] “

    1. Rob_G

      I always have you marked down as a one-note broken record, and then any time there is an article that touches on matters maritime, you go and surprise me with your insight.

  2. :-Joe

    Great idea.

    After it’s built, Northern Ireland, Scotland and most likely Wales will leave britain and the bridge will help to strengthen the European union.

    It’ll be a welcome parting gift to make up for decades or even centuries of wilfull neglect by the tory policy of westminister london england first and only.


  3. Nigel

    It’s a feckin radioactive munitions dump. If it’s a version of Garden Bridge AND actually gets built we’ll end up getting invaded by heavily-armed radioactive water-triffids.

  4. Spaghetti Hoop

    This is actually an excellent idea; feasible, affordable and with lucrative benefits for both Ireland and Scotland in terms of trade and tourism.
    They have to call it the Finn Mac Cool Bridge though.

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