A proposal by foreign secretary Boris Johnson might see the building of a massive bridge that will link Britain and France across the English Channel. The idea for the 22 mile long Channel Bridge was brought forward during an Anglo-French summit called to discuss issues including Brexit and immigration.
Johnson called the current underground tunnel ‘ridiculous’ and French president Emmanuel Macron agreed to the construction of the bridge, according to a report by The Telegraph.
After the meeting Boris tweeted: “I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together.” “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”
However, the idea of building one of the biggest bridges in the world was welcomed with rather scepticism and ridicule. “Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges,” tweeted The UK Chamber of Shipping.
Adam Bienkov, political editor at Business Insider also said: “A reminder that Boris Johnson’s previous plans for public money have included an island airport in a bird strike zone, the most expensive footbridge in history and a bus that was so hot inside it doubled up as a mobile sauna.”
Some people actually thought it could be feasible, with Ian Firth, Senior Vice President at the Institution of Structural Engineers, reminding everyone that the plan has been already looked into when the options for the link between Britain and France were getting discussed. “Before the tunnel was built there were bridge options being looked at and of course it is doable,” said him.
Nothing concrete has been planned and the suggestion made by Boris Johnson was just an idea for a ‘fixed link’.