Why Beaufort’s Dyke is not a good location for a transport bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland. The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) note recent reports that the UK Government is considering the development of a road / rail bridge or an underground rail tunnel that could connect Northern Ireland and Scotland, an idea which has been suggested for a number of years. It has been suggested a tunnel could cost around £10 billion, with a bridge at least double that figure. Following on from the UK leaving the European Union, there has been increased discussion on ways to connect the existing four nations of the union together. A transport connection between Northern Ireland and Scotland has been mooted for over 120 years, but it has been particularly put forward in recent times by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As a result of ‘Brexit’, Northern Ireland remains a part of the EU single market to ensure there is no ‘hard’ border points between it and the Irish Republic. This has been one of the most politically charged parts of the Brexit debate. At its closest geographical point, there is just 12 miles between Scotland and Northern Ireland. As the NFLA sees it, there would be a real challenge to developing either a bridge or an underground rail tunnel, particularly if developed over the area of the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland called Beaufort’s Dyke, which a recent NFLA report has considered.
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