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Old 14-02-2021, 21:40   #1
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U.K. - N.I. Tunnel

As an Engineer, I’d love to see this happen. As someone that lives in the real world......this will never happen .......ever.

'Boris's burrow': Tunnel linking Scotland and N Ireland backed by Scottish secretary Alister Jack
http://news.sky.com/story/boriss-bur...-jack-12217797
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Old 14-02-2021, 21:57   #2
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Re: U.K. - N.I. Tunnel

The economic case is lower than UK to the mainland and the railway gauges in the UK and Island of Ireland are different. It sounds like another Boris Island project although I like the audacity of it!
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Old 14-02-2021, 22:11   #3
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The economic case is lower than UK to the mainland and the railway gauges in the UK and Island of Ireland are different. It sounds like another Boris Island project although I like the audacity of it!
I didn't know that - it's a bit of a killer unless the train to/from NI is a shuttle service or there is a gauge interchange station (change tains)!
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Re: U.K. - N.I. Tunnel

Didn't a load/ most of unused WWII ordnance get dumped in the sea between NI and Scotland making such a project completely infeasible, still it's another opportunity for bozo to stick Boris in front of something else beginning with B so it can't be missed, the infantilisation of British politics and press is almost complete
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Old 14-02-2021, 22:15   #5
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Re: U.K. - N.I. Tunnel

Its going to be grim/raining either side of that tunnel, so can't see the point
( and I thought NI was already in the UK? Might change in the future i guess thanks to us pressing our own self destruct Brexit button).
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The economic case is lower than UK to the mainland and the railway gauges in the UK and Island of Ireland are different. It sounds like another Boris Island project although I like the audacity of it!
They could just half fill the tunnel with water and use boats
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Re: U.K. - N.I. Tunnel

It doesn't seem a very useful place to put to be honest. It's obviously where there is the smallest part of the sea but infrastructure wise it seems a long way around.
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Didn't a load/ most of unused WWII ordnance get dumped in the sea between NI and Scotland making such a project completely infeasible, still it's another opportunity for bozo to stick Boris in front of something else beginning with B so it can't be missed, the infantilisation of British politics and press is almost complete

Yep, and this will detemine the route

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The economic case is lower than UK to the mainland and the railway gauges in the UK and Island of Ireland are different. It sounds like another Boris Island project although I like the audacity of it!

Not an issue as you just have train terminals on either side and just use these to carry Lorries/cars just like the Euro tunnel.
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Variable gauge systems exist that would allow passenger services to run easily from Belfast to Glasgow or anywhere else in the British network. Such systems are in widespread use on the continent for passenger services. Trains don’t even need to stop. Heavy freight is more challenging but the engineering isn’t insurmountable.

Although this will never happen.
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Variable gauge systems exist that would allow passenger services to run easily from Belfast to Glasgow or anywhere else in the British network. Such systems are in widespread use on the continent for passenger services. Trains donít even need to stop. Heavy freight is more challenging but the engineering isnít insurmountable.

Although this will never happen.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_gauge
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Very unlikely to happen, but interesting project.
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