A bridge to Northern Ireland needs new connections and HS2 to ensure success. Our report – Connecting Great Britain and Northern Ireland – considers the benefits that a new fixed link sea crossing between Britain and Northern Ireland could achieve. With a wider package of transport investment, the project could not only deliver the kind of expected economic benefits from increased cross-Irish Sea trade, it can also deliver a significant carbon reduction dividend, reducing both long-distance road haulage of freight and short-haul air fights within the UK.
“As ever with transport systems”, Greengauge 21 Director Jim Steer points out, “transport projects don’t work in isolation but as part of a network. Getting value from an Irish Sea fixed crossing relies on land-based access links. These will have to be added – and existing projects such as HS2 can then ensure full benefit realisation”.
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