Britain should consider building bridge to France, says Boris Johnson

The Foreign Secretary said it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies are “linked by a single railway”
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and France's President Emmanuel Macron hold a news conference at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Britain, January 18, 2018.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the need for a new transport link between the United Kingdom and France, during a summit with the French president.

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of Britain and France building a bridge over the Channel as Emmanuel Macron said the two countries should "make a new tapestry together".

According to sources, Macron replied: "I agree". He said Thursday that it was "ridiculous" that France and the United Kingdom are linked only "by a single railway".

Boris later tweeted a picture of himself and Macron giving the thumbs up, along with the words: "En marche!"

The Foreign Secretary said "good connections" were important to the relationship between the two countries and wondered whether the Channel Tunnel should merely be regarded as "a first step".

Currently, the only way the countries are connected are by the Channel Tunnel railway line which runs under the sea.

He added: "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections".

A joint statement from the summit described the "long history of collaboration in delivering cutting-edge technologies" between England and France.

Ian Firth, past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers, said Friday that a bridge was "entirely feasible".

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