The British government is reportedly looking at the possibility of building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The idea of creating such a connection is more than a century old, but with Brexit bringing a renewed focus on the links between Britain and Northern Ireland, perhaps it is time for this vision to become reality. The key questions are whether a bridge would be both feasible and economic.
Scottish architect Alan Dunlop recently proposed two possible routes for a bridge. The northern route would connect the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Torr in Northern Ireland, and the southern one would link Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway to Larne in County Antrim.
Although, at 45km, the southern route is the longer of the two by 20km, it is likely to be the preferred option because it wouldn’t require new road infrastructure on land. It is quicker to get to from the more populous areas of Scotland and wouldn’t require driving through the Highlands and down the Kintyre peninsular.
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