'Cheaper to move France closer': the verdict on Boris Johnson's 'Channel bridge'

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No 10 pours cold water on foreign secretary’s idea for 22-mile roadway to France, as engineers say plan is feasible – but very expensive

As ideas go, it has not been a resounding success. Architects, hauliers, the maritime industry, an MP and the prime minister herself have so far expressed their scepticism about Boris Johnson’s ambition to build a 22-mile (35km) bridge between the UK and France.

The foreign secretary proposed the idea on Thursday, telling the French president that it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies were joined only by a single railway line and later tweeting a picture of the two giving a thumbs-up.

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