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In March 2020, it was reported that the plan may very well be modified to make it a tunnel connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland as a substitute.

Then Scottish Secretary Alister Jack mentioned he was “very keen on it now, but it’s not a bridge that I’m keen on, it’s a tunnel.”

However, Mr Johnson needed to ditch the plan publicly for the primary time in September 2021.

After a go to to the US, he informed reporters he was downgrading the plan to an “ambition”.

Two months later, the plan was dominated out after a research revealed the prices and engineering challenges concerned.

Transport professional Sir Peter Hendy suggested the federal government on the time was not viable.

A Government supply informed the Telegraph that Sir Peter had discovered that the venture “would be technically very challenging at the moment.”

The supply added: “That’s not to say it won’t become viable at some point in the future, but at the moment it would be very, very difficult and expensive.”

It was later revealed that the bridge would really value an estimated £335billion whereas a tunnel would have set the nation again £209billion.

In January 2022, it was revealed that Sir Peter’s analysis had value the taxpayer £900,000.

A Department for Transport spokesperson mentioned on the time: “Communities across the United Kingdom want to see better connections between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, which is why we have explored all options and have sought to work with the devolved governments to deliver that.

“The function of the Union Connectivity Review was to look at, intimately, all points of transport connectivity between the nations to spice up and ship additional alternatives for individuals, households and communities.

“As part of this detailed review, we consulted with the best engineers and technical consultants and undertook extensive social and geographical research to carry out a comprehensive study.

“This has knowledgeable our strategy to rail, highway and air, together with making journey cheaper for all components of the UK by lowering Air Passenger Duty by 50 p.c for home flights.”