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Well, if they want to avoid the financial problems of the Chunnel, all they have to do is abandon the idea of private financing...

However, at present, I consider Dublin-Holyhead a daydream (near the level of the Bering Strait crossing or the Japan-South Korea, Taiwan-mainland China tunnels). The distance is almost twice of the Chunnel's, yet the demand to be expected is lower. Tunnelling should get much cheaper before this becomes realistic.

Curiously, a crossing of the Irish Sea has been proposed repeatedly at its narrowest point (towards Scotland), too. This is strange because the sea bottom is MUCH deeper there, IIRC 800 m -- it would be the deepest undersea tunnel, three times deeper than anything today.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 04:14:51 AM EST
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