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Tunnel from Scotland to N Ireland backed by Scottish secretary 

The new favour of a tunnel is now seen as the preferred option compared to a bridge.

Tunnel from Scotland to N Ireland backed by Scottish secretary

Scottish Secretary, Alister Jack, has said a tunnel would be more cost effective compared to the prime minister’s initial idea of building a bridge. 

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A 25-mile undersea tunnel is ‘the best way’ to bridge the gap between the regions, according to the secretary of state for Scotland.

Alister Jack has said he gives his full support to the idea of connecting regions. 

The Prime minister first backed the idea of connecting Larne in Northern Ireland to Stranraer in Scotland when he was foreign secretary in 2018.

His idea of a bridge appears to have fallen out of favour as it proved to be too complex and expensive when looked into in more depth. 

Experts raised concerns about the practicality of constructing a bridge across the stormy stretch of water, which is more than 1,000ft deep in places, and said would require dozens of support towers at heights “never achieved anywhere in the world”.

The new favour of a tunnel is now seen as the preferred option.

The Channel Tunnel measures 31 miles however the new tunnel would be 25 miles long. 

There would be both a road and rail link provided.

A report on UK transport infrastructure by the head of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, is reportedly imminent and expected to say the project is possible, according to the Telegraph on Sunday.

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