UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is deadly serious about building a bridge connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland and is preparing to give the project the green light.
The prime minister has previously said a bridge connecting the two countries across the North Channel would be a “very good” idea, despite warnings about cost and unexploded bombs dropped in the sea after World War II.
Now Johnson has instructed civil servants to look at how the project can be delivered and is awaiting an official assessment on whether it is feasible. A representative for Johnson said on Monday that “work is underway” on the project.
Officials working on the plans have produced a route from Larne in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland. The distance between these two cities is about 45 km. Reports have suggested that the construction would be a part bridge and part tunnel, to avoid unexploded bombs in the water. The project is estimated to cost about £20 billion.