Call for ‘Boris bridge’ between Somerset and Wales to solve motorway congestion
Boris Johnson should abandon plans for a bridge between Ireland and Scotland and build one between Somerset and Wales instead, according to an English newspaper.
The Western Gazette said that it would solve the problem of traffic on the M4 and M5 by cutting out the need to use them for travellers between Wales and the south-west of England altogether.
“Donald Trump made building a wall a key part of his bid to become President of the United States,” the paper says.
“If the Prime Minister is about to do the same with bridges, we don’t think he should rule out Somerset-Wales routes.
“There are so many reasons why a bridge connecting the fair county of Somerset to the beautiful country of Wales would benefit residents in on both sides of the water.
“A bridge across the Bristol Channel could mean avoiding the M5, shorter journeys to the Welsh capital and ease of trade – quicker export times on cider and cheese would surely be a benefit for all?
“No longer will we have to battle with every other holidaymaker from London, and pretty much everywhere else in England.”
The newspaper suggests a number of possible routes, including a bridge starting at Clevedon (10 miles), Weston-super-Mare (12 miles), or Minehead (11 miles).
“Burnham to Barry would be particularly popular with Gavin and Stacey fans,” the paper says. “Imagine being able to pop out for a quick drive to see what’s occurin’ over in Wales.
“On a clear day in Minehead you can see the industrial Welsh town of Port Talbot.”
The UK Government has said that a ‘Boris Bridge’ across the North Channel from Scotland to Northern Ireland is being taken seriously as an option.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has commissioned a feasibility study into a cross-channel physical link between the two countries.
Experts have warned that the depth of the Irish Sea and the presence of dumped munitions would cause problems for any such project.
The project could cost a reported £20bn, although Mr Johnson has previously said it would “only cost about £15bn”.
The longest bridge in the world over water is currently Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge which has about 30 miles of its span over water.
The longest bridge of all is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge at 102 miles, which stretches the furthest but not over water.