Europe Politics

UK PM launches transport review to boost economy, strengthen ties

Key Points
  • The study will consider air links within the country, road and rail links in Scotland and the Welsh rail network.
  • It will also look at the cost and practicality of building a "fixed link" with Northern Ireland.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a review aimed at improving transport connections across the U.K., as part of a plan to boost the pandemic-hit economy and strengthen ties between its member nations.

The study will consider air links within the country, road and rail links in Scotland, the Welsh rail network, as well as the cost and practicality of building a "fixed link" with Northern Ireland, said a government statement on Saturday.

Johnson has in the past spoken of his desire for a 20-mile plus bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The review will be conducted by Peter Hendy, chair of state-owned rail track owner Network Rail, and report its findings in summer 2021.