Boris Johnson proposes bridge to connect Britain and France
The UK politician's suggestion would see a second transport link form between the two countries. How would the project compare to the most ambitious bridges in the world?
Not content with proposing one controversial bridge plan, the UK’s foreign secretary has announced his vision to build a bridge linking Britain to France.
Boris Johnson previously proposed a project called the Garden Bridge, a footbridge and public garden which would crossed the river Thames. The UK government pledged £60m towards the cost of the project. However, there was widespread criticism of the project over issues of cost, with many saying the bridge was not needed. The project has since been abandoned.
During French president Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the UK Thursday, Mr Johnson suggested the idea of a bridge to supplement the existing Channel Tunnel that currently connects the two nations.
Mr Macron has reportedly backed the idea, according to The Times.
Mr Johnson aired his view on Twitter: “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”
The Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is 33km (20 miles) wide at its narrowest point and building a bridge across the expanse of water would be a substantial project.
If Mr Johnson’s project gets the green light, it will join the ranks of one of the most ambitious bridge projects in the world.
The longest bridge in the world is the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, a 164.8km (102.4 mile) viaduct on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has been listed by the Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world since 1969. Formed over two parallel bridges, the longer of the two spans 38.35km (23.83 miles).
In 2011, the construction of the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, a 26.7km (16.6 mile) roadway bridge, caused the Guinness World Records to create two categories for bridges over water: continuous and aggregate lengths over water. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway then became the longest continuous bridge over water, while Jiaozhou Bay Bridge the longest aggregate bridge over water.
The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge will lose its title when the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opens.
The Guinness title will be challenged by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which is expected to open to vehicles later this year. This bridge will run to 50km (31.1 miles) aggregate and will connect the three major cities.
Arguably, the two most famous bridges in the world are the Øresund Bridge, the setting for the Swedish and Danish TV crime drama The Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The red suspension bridge is a well-known landmark of the city and is infamously known as the second-most used suicide bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.
Updated: January 19, 2018 06:25 PM