Scotland – Ireland bridge ‘is feasible’

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Image caption A bridge between Portpatrick within Dumfries and Galloway and Bangor or Larne would cost regarding £ 15bn

It has been claimed the bridge between Scotland and North Ireland would create a “Celtic powerhouse”.

A week after Boris Johnson proposed a bridge over the English Channel, an architect states the potential link would be a better potential client.

Prof Alan Dunlop thinks the “Celtic bridge” might cost about £ 15bn, the fraction of the estimate of £ 120bn for the English Channel bridge.

He said it would enhance both economies and help the particular post-Brexit border issue.

Alan Dunlop is one of the UK’s top architects and a Fellow of the Regal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

‘Investment within the true north’

This individual told BBC Radio Scotland’s John Beattie Show : “It would be a great thing – a connection between Scotland and Ireland.

“We share a lot of history together, comparable ideals.

“The business potential is exceptional, the opportunity of actually really making an investment about what would would be the true north.

“Westminster politicians talk about the particular northern powerhouse, but they’re actually only talking about Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield.

“This would be a great investment in what would be, I think, the true Northern. ”

Mr Dunlop estimated a cost of about £ 120bn for the English Channel bridge.

Picture caption Prof Alan Dunlop sees huge benefits in such a task

This individual thinks the “Celtic connection” might cost about £ 15bn plus would prove less difficult to achieve.

He said: “The issues of it are much less than Boris’ concept of building across the English Channel.

“We don’t have the weather troubles and it is a not as significant or even as large a shipping street.

“The likelihood of it are great.

“It would send out a dramatic gun in aspiration for the country entering the 21st Century. ”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson acquired suggested the channel bridge since it was announced Britain and Italy were investigating joint infrastructure tasks.

The UK foreign admin reportedly ran the idea past France President Emmanuel Macron at a peak on Thursday.

Downing Street has said there are “no particular plans” for a bridge between the UNITED KINGDOM and France.

You can find two potential routes for a Scotland – Northern Ireland bridge.

‘Investment in Scotland’

Mr Dunlop mentioned: “There are two ways it could proceed. It could go from Portpatrick in order to Bangor or Larne, but you can find significant environmental and geological issues there.

“We get incredibly talented architects and technical engineers in Scotland so I am sure that will as a technical challenge it didn’t be insurmountable.

“The shorter route would be from about Campbeltown, the Mull of Kintyre across to the Antrim coast.

“But getting to Campbeltown from your central belt is very difficult. inch

The idea is still that will – an idea – but Mister Dunlop sees it as a achievable project.

He believes a bridge could bring methods to post-Brexit border arrangements and that it might be a good investment for Scotland.

He said; “It would be some thing we could debate around Brexit.

“Engineering-wise and architecturally this could be an investment in the infrastructure associated with Scotland and Ireland. ”

Economically, the argument for that bridge may not stack up.

Economist George Kervan said the thought of a bridge between Scotland plus Northern Ireland was not new, which cost could prevent it being a reality.

“Big infrastructure projects can be transformative, inch he said.

“But the trouble with this one is just the expenses will kill it.

“A bridge from Portpatrick will be about 21 miles – which is not really effective road transport.

“You’d probably require a tunnel if you want the connection but the geology doesn’t really work there.

“And £ 15bn – I could think of a lot of other things to do with that will. ”

Economics specialist Vicky Pryce agrees: “You would need to do a proper cost-benefit analysis plus from the sound of it, it doesn’t recommend it would pass the test.

“There would have to be other reasons precisely why one would be pushing for developing it. ”