Do you support the idea of a bridge spanning the English Channel?
Boris Johnson’s idea of a bridge spanning the English Channel has split opinion but is technically possible, experts have said.
Dr Kostas Tsavdaridis, associate professor in Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds, said constructing such a bridge was “doable” so long as issues including waves, water flow and depth, wind strength and soil condition were properly planned for first.
However, issues including the weather, shipping and the financial implications could make the concept a less-than-practical reality.
It is thought that a bridge could be challenging for vessels crossing one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, sometimes with limited visibility.
Dr Tsavdaridis said he would use such a bridge “but only on the good days of the year”, as conditions could be harsh.
He said any seismic action in the area would not have a significant effect on the structure, and it was being mooted for the narrowest and shallowest stretch of the channel.
At 20-plus miles, it would be one of the longest bridges, but “it has been done in the past”, he said.
The world’s longest bridge is the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge in China, which spans just over 100 miles.
So what are your views? Do you think this is a good idea? Would you hope to use it? Or are you happy with the tunnel and sea crossing options we have now?
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