Boris Island is dead... so Johnson moves on to Boris Bridge

Written by Kevin Schofield on 19 January 2018 in Diary

The headline-hungry foreign secretary has had another big idea.

Boris Johnson never misses a chance to steal the headlines, and yesterday’s summit with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was no different.

The foreign secretary was one of a slew of Cabinet ministers who held talks with their French counterparts at the pow-wow, and it’s his suggestion of a cross-Channel bridge which receives prominent coverage in Friday’s papers.

Johnson reportedly made the comments while discussing other major infrastructure projects around the world, including a bridge in Japan. He is said to think it “ridiculous” that the two countries are only linked by a single railway at present, and hinted at his ambition when he tweeted: “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, bridge designer and former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers Ian Firth said it would be a "huge undertaking, but absolutely possible".

But without wishing to pour cold water on the suggestion, it is worth pointing out that it was also Johnson who suggested building a new airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary.

The foreign secretary will be hoping that the Boris Bridge is a more successful project than Boris Island.

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