A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

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The Chinese are nearly finished the bridge and tunnel from Hong Kong to Macau, a distance of 25 miles. Worked started in 2009 and it is expected to open this year.

So, Boris, the man who was determined to split Britain from Euopre thinks that there should be a bridge between England and France, apparently the two great military powers of Europe.

Friends of Boris said that the president was enthusiastic about the project, although I suspect that “la politesse française” may have prevented him from saying what he really thought.

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Anyone got any thoughts on the subject?

42 thoughts on “A BRIDGE TOO FAR?”

  1. “Entre la France et l’Angleterre / “Between France and England
    Quand ils auront fini leur pont / When they have finished their bridge
    Je pourrai pêcher sans m’en faire/ I will be able to fish without worry
    De Paris à London” / From Paris to London”

    Visionary (if somewhat puerile) French popular song from 1961 “A London (allons donc)” [To London, let’s go].

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  2. Umm I wonder wot it will be like trundling across said bridge in me little electric
    Car….meanwhile 50ft waves
    Crashing into bridge

    Oops 🙊 said 50ft that would
    For younger viewers and
    Dastardly 🐸 froggy lovers
    50 metres (read in French accent )

    Although this bridge building
    Is being rapidly advanced Chris Grayling has already awarded contract to Carrilion .

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    1. LOL. Grayling was funny defending the government’s action concerning Carillion.

      Incidentally, 50 metres is somewhere around 160 ft.

      I suspect you and your wee car would be swept away.

      I wonder if they will have charging points on the bridge… or if they will use British steel to build it.

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          1. We used to have a ferry RORO from Rosyth from which I sent my minions (bairns) upon, to bring me back Belgian beery goodness and chocs for their mum. I don’t know why it was stopped. (I have a very good idea why it was stopped)

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            1. It was Greek owned and they needed it for one of their local routes leaving no other suitable available from their fleet for open rough seas service…allegedly

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                1. Scotgov did it and subsidised it.Greeks said it was more profitable on the other route and asked for increased subsidy.

                  Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

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              1. Interesting.

                I wonder if there is a market for a passenger RORO these days. Almost certain to be, I’d have thought. But maybe in a few years the problems of getting to the mainland will discourage people from holidaying there.

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                1. Low cost airlines killed off most of the UK North Sea cruise ferry routes, any passenger operations that survive piggy back off freight with the exception of DFDS’s own Newcastle – Amsterdam route. There would be no incentive for DFDS to abstract traffic from the Newcastle route by carrying pax/cars from Rosyth.

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                    1. The best trip I did was from Newcastle to Hamburg on the DFDS classic 1960s motor ship “Winston Churchill”.
                      In particular sailing up the Elbe to the heart of Hamburg on a glorious summer morning was memorable.

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      1. Me too. Brilliant. I’d use it. Ireland is one of the most friendly lovely countries I’ve ever visited.

        If I say that often enough do you think they’ll offer me joint citizenship.

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  3. If the engineers say it can be built, fine. If it can, then OK, and will Scotland be expected to help pay for it?

    It might be a Good Thing in the end: maybe it will make Them see at some point the sheer idiocy of building a bridge carrying a motorway over the Channel and then putting a bloody great customs and immigration post at the English end – because you bet the French will certainly not sign up to any cozy arrangement for the English side to do the immigration checks in France – why should they take any responsibility or pay any costs involved when the whole borders fiasco is entirely the fault of the English?

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    1. Well, if they do that, I suspect that there will be a permanent traffic jam on the bridge, both ways.

      Idiots.

      Of course, they won;t build one. This is a distraction from the fact that Macron told May what Merkel has been telling her for months.

      No special deals for the city of London.

      Why can’t they see that?

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  4. Dunno whether any of you live/have lived on the South Coast but the blonde buffoon’s bridge would be closed to high-sided vehicles for most of the winter. Daughter lives in Bournemouth (uni) and it gets seriously wild down there – I come from Lewis so I’m not exaggerating.

    Anyway perhaps the blonde buffoon missed the fact that the Chunnel still hasn’t paid back the original investment – NB I’m not talking about shareholders dividends!

    What this is all about is a “oh look a squirrel!” moment, along with the Bayuex Tapestry nonsense to distract from the fact that the money-laundering, tax-evading London scum are going to have to pay through the nose to even get close to the deal they have now.

    Inbred wankers.

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    1. Yes, it did occur to me, having travelled in boats and hovercraft between my beloved France and England, since I was a little boy, that the winds are something powerful on the Channel.

      Now the Tay road bridge is from time to time closed to high sided vehicles. How often would that happen there. And what if the wind got up when a large lorry was crossing?

      Of course the City thing is the reason. As I said Merkel has been telling May, now Macron has done the same.

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  5. Funny, I seem to remember riding a high-speed train from London to Paris through a … oh, what’s the word for it? … oh, right! … tunnel. Of course, that was all the way back in 20-aught-9, so my memory may be playing tricks on me.

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    1. Yes, I remember that too. It avoided all the ships on a very busy shipping channel, and it avoided the horrific winds.

      You’ll remember how much faster it went one it pulled out of the tunnel outside Calais?

      The first time I went on the train it was before the English had built what they contend is the high speed link between London and Dover.

      Apparently Président Mitterrand complimented the Brits on having a slow service on this side of the tunnel, as it gave one the opportunity to take in the beautiful Kent countryside.

      The last time I did it was 2011 and the English side had speeded up a bit, but it was still nothing by comparison with the French railways.

      Anyway. Nice to see you Jon… Hope it’s not too cold over there.

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      1. I don’t remember the speeds, but I do remember a smooth trip and meeting a guy from Canada in the club car, with whom I had a nice chat about our respective National Hockey League teams (my Chicago Blackhawks play “Chelsea Dagger” after every goal at home).

        And thanks; we spent a few days in the single digits F (between -12 and -18 C) but we’re back up in the 40s (4-6 C) now. Had to thaw out before commenting again…

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  6. It’s a minor point but the thing that intrigues me about the Bayeux Tapestry nonsense is how you go about parcelling up a 230 foot long 11th century priceless artefact made of natural materials which are prone to decay? The cost of packing and transporting something so big and so mind bogglingly fragile will be substantial, Involving a great deal of technical expertise and specialist equipment.

    Given the tapestries fragility is it really worth the risk because it is after all irreplaceable?

    I would rather they left these things where they were so folk could go to them not vice versa. It’s thought that it was made in England so maybe they’ll decide to hang on to it like some other artefacts I can think of. The British have form in this area already.

    Maybe they’ll send us a counterfeit like the fake Mona Lisa that’s hanging in the Louvre 😜

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    1. I did wonder about that.

      I’m not that interested in seeing it. If I were I’d have gone to see it in Normandy. It is going on display at the British museum, although Hastings in putting in a bid for it.

      It’s nothing to do with Scotland, so it certainly won’t be coming here.

      It’s transportation will be a nightmare.

      It may have been made in England, so maybe they will demand to keep it unless they get access to the money markets of Europe.

      Perfidious is the word that springs to mind.

      I hope they don’t tear it, or lose it, or let Boris anywhere near it.

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  7. It is also worth noting that both Macau and Hong Kong drive on the left (colonial reasons), the rest of China drives on the right (they swapped over in 1946). So there will be no need for complicated changeover junctions at either end.

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    1. I’d not thought of that. The Chinese have dealt with that elsewhere with this:


      Maybe, thwarted in his bid with Joanna Lumley to build that bridge in London, he’s transferred his ideas to the channel.

      So maybe they won’t be able to drive on it. Just stroll, or jog or something…

      You never know with Boris… If you can plan for an airport on a island in the Thames where there are millions of birds nesting…

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