Bridge to Ireland hopes recede as Treasury curbs bite
September 16 2021
Hopes that a £15bn physical connection between Scotland and Ireland could lead the UK out of the coronavirus pandemic appear to have been dashed amid reports that government officials have kicked the idea into the long grass.
A need to balance the budget deficit has seen the Treasury row back on the idea, despite support from Boris Johnson who viewed the link as an opportunity to strengthen economic and social ties.
Prof. Alan Dunlop, a key architect of the scheme, was interviewed by comedian Patrick Kielty at Tor Head to discuss his proposals for a Bridge to Ireland for the documentary '100 Years of Union', to be broadcast tonight on BBC1 at 21:00.
Unbowed by the latest reports Dunlop told Urban Realm: "They think it's all over. The Bridge, running since January 2018. Over three and a half years of front-page headlines, presentations, conferences, international press and the support of a prime minister.
"All seemed very positive, at the end Kielty finished by saying 'I was sceptical but you've convinced me'. Whether they use that I don't know, I hope they do."
The documentary presages publication of the UK government's Union Connectivity report, which will assess current transport links and the case for future investment.
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