Boris Johnson's bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland 'a distraction'

Boris Johnson's proposal to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland has been criticised

THE SDLP has described Boris Johnson’s decision to explore the possibility of building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland as a “pathetic distraction”.

Sinead Bradley, the party’s infrastructure spokesperson, said the British prime minister’s “obsession with undeliverable bridge projects should be disregarded”.

Her comments come after reports suggested that the Treasury and Department for Transport have been asked for advice on the costs and risks of such a project.

Ms Bradley said resources should be “invested in upgrading the north’s substandard transport network”.

“We should be talking about increasing connectivity on this island where our transport infrastructure is a disgrace,” she said.

“Projects like the A5, the A6 and Narrow Water Bridge would contribute significantly more to economic growth in the north than this white elephant project in the Irish Sea.

“Just ask people in London how Boris Johnson’s last bridge project went – the Garden Bridge cost taxpayers £43 million and is nowhere to be seen.

“There are pressing infrastructure projects that we need to get on with. That should be the focus of political efforts.”

Roads expert Wesley Johnston tweeted that a bridge from Scotland would be “very challenging” but “technically feasible”.

“But what would not stack up is the economic case. There is no way such a bridge could bring economic benefits approaching the scale of its cost.”

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