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
Sean Hueston Bridge, Dublin 8.
Are we expecting visitors, anyone?
The bridge, built in the 1960s, stands on the A10 toll motorway and is known as the Morandi bridge.
The missing section was dozens of metres in length, and ran across the span of the Polcevera stream.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica described that part of the city as “densely inhabited”.
The structure collapsed shortly before noon local time (10:00 GMT) during heavy rain.
An eyewitness told Italian public television there was
a queue of traffic on the bridge at the time. Initial reports indicate there may be people trapped in the rubble.
Italy bridge: Genoa motorway bridge collapses ‘killing at least 10’ (BBC)
Pics via Antonello Guerrara
A very impressive LEGO Mindstorms bridge-building rig constructed back in 2012 by (presumably off-duty but you’d never know) boffins at the Oslo And Akershus University Of Applied Science.
A recent aerial shot (bottom) of the 12.9km long Confederation Bridge (top) linking Prince Edward Island to mainland New Brunswick in Canada showing surface ice in the frozen strait neatly sliced into rectangles by its evenly spaced piers. To wit:
To put the rectangles into perspective, the bridge piers that are designed to break up the ice floes are 250 meters apart. That distance would also represent the width of each of the rectangles. The length of the blocks varies but, on average, the length is about 75 per cent greater than the width.
(Photo: Paul Tymstra)
The Lady Desart Pedestrian and Cycle bridge, Kilkenny.
Is this safe ? No safety boat, no life jackets over water. 20k paint job forthis? @TheHSA
Stephen Dunne writes:
Local authorities cracking down on the latest craze on Wicklow town’s foot bridge.
Glencar, Co. Leitrim.
(Thanks Olga Wehrly)
Spotted in the Imperial Hotel in Cork city.
Thanks Dave Taylor
Dave Kinnane writes:
At Hook Head (obviously not referring to any overpaid celebrity troll)
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