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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:34 PM   #1
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A Bridge linking England to France?

Ok, first of all, calm down, and don't get too excited, there is no plan (at the moment) to build a bridge between England and France. BUT I was watching a programme on Nat Geographic channel today entitled 'Megastructures' and it was about the world's longest bridge: The Akashi bridge in Japan. But towards the very end of the programme, it said this title would soon be replaced by Italy's bridge connecting it to Sicily, then it said that too could soon be overtaken as new technology allows for even longer bridges these days.

Then it said (crucially from the point of this thread) that due to new carbon fibre cables that reduce weight, it may soon be possible to build massive 50km bridges between England and France, or Spain and Africa.

Do you guys ever think this will happen?? I mean, they built the chunnel when they said it could never be done, and a bridge seems to be the next logical step in terms of possible access routes between England- Europe's, and indeed the world's, main international transport hub- and France, the gateway to Europe.

Everywhere you look these days people are connecting islands and areas together with bridges that no-one would have thought possible a couple of hundred, or even a hundred years ago. Italy's new bridge to Sicily is a perfect example of this, and that is being built by a country that is supposedly in a bit of a financial and economic downpoint at the moment; so a joint funded project between Britain and France would be far from impossible. And it would create a structure that would be recognised the world over.

I'm not saying it's gonna go ahead any time in the near future, but it's just something to think about....it would have to be pretty tall as well to allow the many ships to pass underneath.

What do you guys think?? Quite likely...possibility...maybe...doubtful...never...?

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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:47 AM   #2
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if there's the Channel Tunnel, Why make a Bridge?
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Old March 6th, 2006, 10:43 AM   #3
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There is allready a tunnel
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Old March 6th, 2006, 12:12 PM   #4
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There are alot of places in the world that have a tunnel and a bridge(or several bridges) you know.

I don't think it's likly in the foreseeable future though. The cost of producing carban nano-tubes needs to drop enoumously before such bridges can be built at viable prices. And when they can be, I don't think a bridge between England and France will be a major priority.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 12:24 PM   #5
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A bridge across a 50km stretch of water would be more expensive per square metre because the foundations of the bridge piers in some areas would have to be piled hundreds of metres deep to reach the sea floor, let alone bedrock, with almost no margin for any error. Even if you could build one, I don't think you'd find very many, if any, places where a 50km long bridge spanning a very deep channel would be viable. Even bridges longer than 30km is really pushing it. Tunnelling is still easier.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 12:02 PM   #6
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There is a tunnel. It would be better to bridge UK with Ireland.
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Old March 25th, 2006, 03:22 AM   #7
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It would be better to bridge UK with Ireland.
Lol, I don't think either side would be happy with that!

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Old March 26th, 2006, 12:09 AM   #8
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There is a tunnel. It would be better to bridge UK with Ireland.
I think that a bridge between the Shetland Islands and the Faroe Islands should be a higher priority.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 03:32 PM   #9
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There is a tunnel. It would be better to bridge UK with Ireland.
The tunnel is a rail only link though thats fairly time consuming and expensive to use, I'm sure their would be massive useage of any brigde linking the UK to France.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #10
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the biggest problem with this is the sheer number of ships that pass through the channel ( i belive its the busiest shipping lane in the world ). they would have to make it so tall that any type of ship can pass through at multipul points overwise there would be actual traffic jams at sea
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 09:35 AM   #12
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I believe the tunnel between Europe and Africa via Spain and Morocco, while approved in theory by both governments, is suffering from widespread lack of support especially in Spain considering the problem that alread exists in terms of illegal immigration from Africa (if they come over in such large numbers with no physical connection, imagine once such connection is established via a tunnel )
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:22 PM   #13
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I think that a bridge between the Shetland Islands and the Faroe Islands should be a higher priority.
island of Man needs a bridge now!!
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 10:00 PM   #14
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Lol, I don't think either side would be happy with that!

Don't be so sure
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Old May 11th, 2006, 08:07 AM   #15
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It will definitely happen sooner than later. Traffic will only increase between Europe & UK. This project will also most definitely be economically viable. It'd be a connection between 2 of the richest countries in the world. As for the Chunnel: I believe it's only for trains. Even if it was a highway tunnel, i'd personally prefer to cross the Channel by bridge, rather than being underground for such a long distance. Also, the ever increasing traffic load will warrant another connection.
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Old May 11th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #16
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The chunnel isn't time consuming! Trains depart about each ten, fifteen minutes! And the more you use it, the cheaper it gets.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 01:34 PM   #17
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I was watching some program on the discovery program about the channel tunnel and at the end it described that the channel tunnel was competing against a project called euro link to get built.

Euro link involved two huge bridges from england and france stretching out to two artificial islands. Connecting the two islands would be a tunnel. The islands were planned to contain shops and hotels like a kind of service station in the middle of the channel. THis was to carry highway and rail traffic however the rail only tunnel was chosen as it was a cheaper project.

EDIT: I found it on the internet and it was called euro route. my mistake. For more information click here

Here are some pictures I found:







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Old May 14th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #18
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I've heard an idea for a road tunnel from Kent to France being seriously proposed.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 08:56 PM   #19
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just to clear things up a bit...yes the channel tunnel uses trains but you can drive your cars onto them so it kind of serves both.

i personally would love to have a tunnel or bridge between england and ireland
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