Bridges: English Channel

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has asked the National Infrastructure Commission to assess the viability of building a bridge spanning the English Channel.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy to build a bridge across the English Channel.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government is developing an ambitious programme of investment in England’s strategic roads and improving international connectivity is one of its aims. The programme is being informed by a wide range of evidence including the work of six strategic studies, which are focused on making major improvements to the capacity and connectivity of the road network.

Consideration of a bridge spanning the English Channel is not currently one of these studies, and to date the Department has not asked the National Infrastructure Commission to assess the viability of building such a bridge.

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