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End of road for Johnson's Scotland to NI tunnel after £100bn estimate

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Boris Johnson's plans for a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland were scrapped after experts hired by the UK government estimated it would cost up to £100 billion.

Douglas Oakervee and Gordon Masterton, both past presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers, were brought on board to sketch out a vision for one of the prime minister's favoured projects.

In a feasibility study passed to ministers which is expected to be published next month the professors identified serious issues with the proposed route.

They said that any such tunnel would need to avoid Beaufort's Dyke, a natural trench in the North Channel that is up to 300 metres deep and the UK's largest offshore dump site for surplus conventional and chemical munitions.

This would elongate

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