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Sad infrastructure and transportation news! September 14, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

From today in the Guardian…

A controversial plan to build a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland has been ditched before ground was broken, it has been reported, as the Treasury clamps down on spending.

The proposed link, described as the “world’s most stupid tunnel” by Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, had a price tag of about £15bn and the backing of the prime minister.

But an unnamed government official with knowledge of Treasury spending negotiations has told the Financial Times the plans are “dead, at least for now”.

Who would have expected this outcome? Not us, surely? Oh, wait, yeah actually.


1. Jim Monaghan - September 15, 2021

Shock and Horror. I see a lot of merit in the hard questions posed by McDowell here. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/michael-mcdowell-green-policies-are-increasingly-divorced-from-reality-1.4673827
“Taking the energy target first, it comes at the end of a three week period in which we have been warned about the immediate possibility of electricity blackouts or brown-outs due to lack of functioning generation capacity.”
As for transport connectivity with Donegal, there is an air of fantasy about seeking to achieve it by an extension of the Belfast-Derry line to Letterkenny. Newton Emerson wrote here earlier this summer about a similar proposal by Ryan to develop a high-speed rail corridor from Cork to Dublin to Belfast.

Northern transport minister Nicola Mallon makes similar comments about a high-speed Belfast-Derry rail service. As Emerson pointed out, Iarnród Éireann’s own examination of high-speed rail found that there was no justification for such investment anywhere on this island.”.
“Trucks, whether powered by hydrogen or eco-diesel, still need to be catered for, along with one million electric cars. Where would we be if the existing motorway network had not been constructed in the last 20 years? We need to complete that network to bring balanced spatial and economic development to places like Kerry and Donegal.”
“Afforestation targets are not merely not being met; they are becoming fictional at this stage.”


EWI - September 15, 2021

The electricity problem is being caused by data centres (as with water shortages, capitalist usage dwarfs anything by the public). As for rail connectivity with Donegal, it has nothing to do with high-speed rail, and neither exists solely in the realm of the rightwing graphsmen


2. banjoagbeanjoe - September 15, 2021

I don’t think any of us should be too down about the fact that the tunnel isn’t going ahead for the moment.

Patience. It will happen some day. Like a United Ireland.


EWI - September 15, 2021

Patience. It will happen some day. Like a United Ireland.

I will wager any amount of money that we will see a reunited country before we see the ‘Borris tunnel’. Feel like a bet?


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