UK Transport Secretary considering a tunnel between Wales and Ireland
The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is considering a 50-mile tunnel between Wales and Ireland, he has revealed in an interview.
The idea is being mooted as an alternative to a plan by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to build a bridge or tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Grant Shapps told the Financial Times that he was considering a tunnel linking Wales with Ireland. “Why not?” he asked, saying they needed to better connect Britain with Northern Ireland.
However, he said that the original idea of a tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland was still under consideration: “I don’t know whether it should be there or to Wales.”
It comes after Boris Johnson suggested the idea of a roundabout under the Isle of Man connecting the different nations of the UK. However his plan had no Welsh entrance.
Other tunnels emanating from the giant roundabout would run towards Northern Ireland and Stranraer in Scotland.
A Whitehall official told the Times that “People think this is all a joke but it’s much more likely to get the go-ahead than people think”.
According to the newspaper, however, the tunnel scheme is regarded as “batshit” by several of Johnson’s senior aides.
“The idea was that these three tunnels would meet in a giant roundabout underneath the Isle of Man and the tunnel to Ireland would start there,” a source told the Times. “Everyone knows Boris wants to do this so people were asked to look at how.”