It cost the taxpayer £900k to prove Boris Johnson’s Northern Ireland bridge plan unfeasible
Boris Johnson is probably glad of almost anything that distracts people from his teetering political career, but a financial report into his never-viable plan for a bridge to Northern Ireland is unlikely to provide any respite.
Official study into Boris Johnson’s now-abandoned dream of building a bridge to Northern Ireland cost taxpayers £900k according to new DfT figures
— Jason Groves (@JasonGroves1) January 20, 2022
The proposed bridge would have spanned Beaufort’s Dyke – the site of an enormous military munitions dump in the North Channel.
All this talk of a huge munitions dump between Scotland and Northern Ireland isn't going to put me off building a bridge.
If I'd listened to so-called 'experts' I wouldn't have had the pleasure of spending £53million on a non-existent Garden Bridge. #BorisBridge
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) February 10, 2020
The non-existent bridge is one of a number of projects dreamt up or championed by Boris Johnson that either didn’t happen or went ahead at disproportionate cost.
The Garden Bridge project – £53 million.
Three unusable water cannon that were scrapped – £300,000.
The Thames Estuary Airport scheme – £5 million.
The drastically underused Emirates Air Line cable car – £60 million.
Making the Olympic Stadium fit for use by West Ham and for athletics meets – £486 million.
Of course, the pandemic added to the list.
Unusable products bought by the PPE procurement programme, judged to have involved unlawful privileged access for ministers’ contacts – £2 billion.
The Test and Trace project, judged by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to have made no difference to infection figures – £37 billion.
News of the £900,000 spaffed up the imaginary bridge went down as well as you’d expect. These five tweets cover the range of reactions from people who aren’t down a Boris Johnson worship rabbit hole.
I would have done it for free and it would have taken five minutes of googling Beaufort’s Dyke https://t.co/htPwT6ttfS
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) January 20, 2022
Or seven flat redecorations. https://t.co/ntdBOmsF8N
— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) January 20, 2022
This just in from the party of fiscal responsibility… https://t.co/ezzdR7uTIU
— Liam Thorp (@LiamThorpECHO) January 20, 2022
who can put a price on a dream? https://t.co/moyytfDXSp
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) January 20, 2022
That's a bargain. The last time he didn't build a bridge it cost £53m. https://t.co/4q4bXojNf3
— Dan Dyer (@dwdyer) January 20, 2022
In conclusion –
It cost £900,000 for one civil engineer to burst out laughing and say 'oh fuck off'? 🤔 https://t.co/lMkCFTTLfp
— andy peacock (@AndyPeacock999) January 20, 2022