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The man is mad!

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Fennel Sun 09-Feb-20 17:48:41

I don't enjoy entering the news and politics forums, but this news item shocked me:
Especially today with the threat to bridges like the current storm.

growstuff Sun 09-Feb-20 22:03:48

How about a decent rail service from Liverpool to the North East via Manchester and Leeds?

Or …?

Or …?

Yehbutnobut Sun 09-Feb-20 22:35:52

Yes, OP. I agree, he’s a butty short of a picnic.

Yehbutnobut Sun 09-Feb-20 22:37:11

Some secondary schools are running courses for students on resilience. Excellent idea. Give them the tools to help themselves.

Callistemon Sun 09-Feb-20 22:40:16

Will there be a toll?

The bridge from England to Wales was 1,600 metres and the toll for a car was £5.60, HGV lorries were £16.70.

At that rate, multiplied proportionately, would anyone use it?

Yehbutnobut Mon 10-Feb-20 07:50:34

Oops posted on wrong thread

vegansrock Mon 10-Feb-20 08:08:16

I think it’s another one of his “let’s divert attention from real problems” ideas. Sinn Fein now becoming a real political force, whilst NI and Scotland distancing themselves from Westminster because of him, he now is trying to build bridges. I’d like this government to stop ripping up trees which act as natural flood defences, for building HS2 and the like, and a proper cleaning up of our rivers and waterways so they don’t burst their banks at every storm.

craftergran Mon 10-Feb-20 08:19:24

We don't have tolls on bridges in Scotland, so the toll question will be interesting... if the bridge ever gets built.

craftergran Mon 10-Feb-20 08:29:10

I think he would be better served re-building all the old rail links that we used to have. Large parts of northern England have no rail links.

Also social housing throughout UK is more of a dire need.

And is there a road without potholes anywhere?

Granny23 Mon 10-Feb-20 08:36:37

Not to mention that the nuclear subs pass up the channel on their way to Faslane. No oil exploration has been permitted in the area because of these hazards. Also as mentioned above the A75 is one of the worst roads in Scotland.

trisher Mon 10-Feb-20 15:20:28

Let's face it Boris has always been purely interested in Boris. He's looking for something he will be remembered for. Probably sees it as being called "Boris's Bridge.

SirChenjin Mon 10-Feb-20 15:29:37

Boris’s Brexit Bridge - I can just see it now. A good diversion from the bumps in the road that are coming hmm

soop Mon 10-Feb-20 15:39:10

Message to Boris...get the dratted potholes throughout Scotland - Kintyre in particular, fixed. Our car has been in and out of the garage with major suspension issues for months on end. The problem has cost us a small fortune.

annodomini Mon 10-Feb-20 15:45:49

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, will be spent on a feasibility study, only for it to be rejected on grounds of expense and inconvenience.

SirChenjin Mon 10-Feb-20 15:47:48

Yep. Perhaps he’s thinking BIGLY of ways he can spend this £350 million/week that’s coming his way.

Eloethan Mon 10-Feb-20 16:25:37

Yet another one of BJ's vanity projects. Given that much of our infrastructure is badly maintained and, in some areas, woefully inadequate, I would have thought a bridge from Scotland to Ireland was surplus to requirements.

Quite apart from our transport infrastructure, there are many serious shortfalls in public services that need addressing urgently - there is a crisis in the justice system and social care, to name but two.

Scribbles Mon 10-Feb-20 16:34:33

Maybe the bridge engineers could put in a little gentle practice by repairing Hammersmith Bridge, just to keep their skills up to scratch?

MaizieD Mon 10-Feb-20 16:34:36

Perhaps he’s thinking BIGLY of ways he can spend this £350 million/week that’s coming his way.

Hang on, SirChenjin, that's earmarked for the NHS isn't it?

SirChenjin Mon 10-Feb-20 16:53:00

You are quite right Maizie - how could I forget! It must be coming from other Things because, y’know, Reasons.

maddyone Mon 10-Feb-20 17:01:29

Oh yes SirChenin, just imagine driving across it during the high winds we’ve just had this weekend. Or as you say, what if there was an accident. I hope it will be built with a hard shoulder unlike these appalling smart motorways that are anything but smart. That is, if it’s ever built at all.

suziewoozie Mon 10-Feb-20 17:08:12

Is it really even technically feasible - technically theoretically feasible maybe. But either way it’s a huge dead cat - but all the feasibility, scoping plans etc will be a nice little earner for some- like the Garden Bridge. He must go home at night and collapse in giggles at his latest huge wheeze and how it stops people discussing really important issues.

MaizieD Mon 10-Feb-20 17:17:23

Well, Ug says the Chinese can do it. Do they have to clear thousands of tons of munitions and nuclear waste first?

And ensure safe passage for nuclear submarines (though if Scotland gets its independence that won't be a problem because they're going to chuck them out, aren't they?)

SirChenjin Mon 10-Feb-20 17:25:14

Oh come on Maizie - how hard can it actually be? Positive thoughts now, Miss Negative Nancy! After all, Boris is in charge, what can possibly go wrong?

Oh, wait...

Fennel Mon 10-Feb-20 17:29:35

Yes, SirChenjin, he's just trying to build bridges ....
between parts of London with the garden bridge, between Scotland and Ulster, between the rich and the poor -
No, not that far.

Dinahmo Mon 10-Feb-20 17:57:22

According to a prime minister's spokesman" the pm is ambitious in terms of infrastructure projects. He's looking at a wide range of schemes across the country which could boost connectivity"

Apparently he's hoping to pacify the DUP with his talk of a bridge.

Apparently DC is opposed to HS2 and for once I agree with him. I really cannot understand why it's necessary for people to travel to Birmingham with 20 minutes knocked off their journey time. It must be better for transport links from east to west to be improved and also the commuter lines in and out of the major northern cities.

suziewoozie Mon 10-Feb-20 18:20:55

There is no comparable bridge anywhere in the world to what is dreamed of here. No one else would be do daft