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Boris Johnson's Channel Tunnel is "a bridge too far"

Boris Johnson's Channel Tunnel is

Shipping firms have warned on Boris Johnson's plans to build a road bridge to France, after it emerged the foreign secretary is taking his remit to build links with other nations rather literally.

At a U.K. -France summit on Thursday, Johnson said the idea of a bridge was worth considering.

An aide to the French president dismisses the idea.

Mr Johnson said "good connections" were important to the relationship and raised the idea that the Channel Tunnel should be regarded as merely "a first step" in the physical links uniting them.

However, in his tweet, Mr Johnson had referred specifically to the Channel crossing, saying: "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections".

"There are obvious technical issues to consider not least the fact that the channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world", Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock told IBTimes UK.

The Channel Tunnel, opened in 1994, cost more than $10 billion to build, and was not heavily used at first, raising questions about whether it was worth the expense.

Johnson has a penchant for large infrastructure projects.

His enthusiasm for a second crossing was not shared by a Downing Street spokesman who said: "I haven't seen any plans on that".

Johnson tweeted: "I'm especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together".

The project may seem far-fetched however at it's shortest the bridge will be 33.

But the foreign secretary's suggestion has largely been met with scepticism and ridicule.

His proposal for a new airport on an island in the estuary of the River Thames estuary - immediately dubbed "Boris Island" - was rejected.

A joint declaration after the summit at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, said: "The United Kingdom and France have a long history of collaboration in delivering cutting-edge technologies".

Currently, the only way the countries are connected are by the Channel Tunnel railway line which runs under the sea.

While mayor of London, he backed a now-defunct plan for a 200 million pound ($280 million) pedestrian "Garden Bridge" over the Thames, which he hoped would create a new green space in the middle of the city.

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