An almost ridiculous story has appeared, momentarily taking attention away from the Carillion crisis, with Boris Johnson proposing a 22km bridge linking France to the UK.
Whilst the intention to improve infrastructure between the UK and Europe is a good proposal, a physical bridge, impacting shipping lanes and costing hundreds of billions to deliver is not.
I believe as Brexit makes an impact on our sector we will see more ambitious projects to try and improve trade and show our willing to the EU, but this is probably one step too far!
I have wondered for a while whether a second tunnel might be an option for the UK, possibly being "HS4" with an East-West high-speed rail line which then shoots out of the East of England towards the Netherlands, but perhaps that's my wishful thinking living in an area that could seriously benefit from a better East-West rail link!
Maybe I'm become as optimistic as Boris in my infrastructure vision now....
...on Friday, Downing Street swiftly poured cold water on the idea. Pressed several times on whether the prime minister was open to a cross-Channel bridge, Theresa May’s spokesman said there were “no specific plans”. “What was agreed yesterday, and I think that’s what the foreign secretary tweeted about as well, is a panel of experts who will look at major projects together including infrastructure,” he said. That dismissal of the prospect will be seen as a snub for Johnson, who has championed a number of ambitious infrastructure projects that have failed to see the light of day.