Scotland-Ireland undersea rail link plan 'a surprise'

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  1. HHH

    HHH LE

  2. Damn, when I saw the link I thought this was a modern suggestion. It would be amazing if there was a channel tunnel style link -I'd be yoyoing about back and forth! No need to get on one of those dodgy wee propeller planes ever again!
  3. HHH

    HHH LE

    Yea it would be more reliable as well.
  4. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    I saw this on the news earlier, and wondered - is this idea actually feasible? How deep is the Irish Sea at the proposed crossing points, too deep to tunnel under? Any reason why this has never been done?
  5. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Perhaps they could do it like the HK Harbour tunnel - but longer and deeper. It was built by digging a trench and then dropping and joining pre-formed tunnel segments covering them and pumping the water out. Simples - OK not simple but...
  6. The original idea for the Channel called for steam trains and a huge man made island to cope with the resupply of air and what not.

    Subterranea Britannica: Sites: Channel Tunnel - 1880 attempt

    This idea called for a tube laid ont he channel bed, held in place and supplied with air by paddle steamers... H&S anyone?

    This was the earliest idea.

    Ideas of this sort were always being bandied about. But who would pay? And who would do it?

    This was also the time we were throwing tunnels under the Thames.

    A time of great technological advances, if we someone paid for it... and who really wanted to go to Ireland in the 1800s?
  7. HHH

    HHH LE

  8. IIRC the bit between NI and Scotland is pretty deep and holds a lot of WW2 ordenance which gets dragged up quite frequently. During the early 90's (maybe late 80's). I did hear of a scheme similar to the HK harbour scheme as described by BA above between Holyhead and Dublin (66 miles) this being the best route geography wise. Either a tunnel or a bridge would be the salvation of Ireland, economy wise.
  9. Ireland no longer produces "good men with shovels". So the tunnel`s out.
  10. Very large,very thick Perspex tube my G/daughter has just suggested,,,(No you cannot see her tit's even if she IS 17)(they are mine all mine)..
  11. HHH

    HHH LE

    Post #10 reported as spam

    edited to add;
    As post #10 has been removed- I don't mean Tuffy52 post
  12. 80+ miles... From Anglesey to Dublin. Or Haverford West to Waterford... don't know what the roads are like in Waterford, but my experiences of Haverford West and Anglesey don't lend credence to th idea.

    Then there is the small matter that the distance is over three times the length of the current longest sea bridge in the world.

    But other than than, what could go wrong?
  13. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    NI and Scotland are a wee bit closer than that. It's about 33 miles between Stranraer and Larne so an underwater tunnel would be about the same as the Channel Tunnel.

    Mind you I can't really see the English taxpayer wanting to foot the bill for it and if there is money to be had for transport infrastructure they could start by building a decent road up to Inverness and Aberdeen. They must be the only major cities in western Europe that are only accessible by a single lane road.
  14. Slightly further west then Haverfordwest really. Nearest bit of Ireland is Wexford

    Edited to add:

    A tunnel there would be really handy for me and might stop the two ferry companies from price fixing at an extortionate rate
  15. HHH

    HHH LE

    They were talking about a 21 mile bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, and at the time the Republic of Ireland was going to contribute to the cost.