Thursday 15 November 2018

Plan to build rail tunnel under sea

RENEWED proposals for a multi-billion pound underwater rail tunnel linking Dublin to Holyhead will be presented to the Government after Easter,...

RENEWED proposals for a multi-billion pound underwater rail tunnel linking Dublin to Holyhead will be presented to the Government after Easter, according to reports.

UK-based company Symonds wants to construct the rail line under the Irish Sea, cutting back travel times between Dublin and London to three-and-a-half hours.

The stg£14bn plan would allow trains to transport cars across the sea and mean all of Europe would be connected by rail links. Symonds say 10,000 jobs would be created.

The tunnel would be built in sections of up to 50,000 tonnes to be laid in a trench and covered in sand and rock.

The company is to make a formal application to Public Enterprise Minister Mary O'Rourke to contribute funds for a stg£8m feasibility study into the proposals.

Symond's first contacted Ms O'Rourke about such a study in 1997 but she was advised against providing funds at the time.

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