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GB rail link would be boost economically

Alex Esdale (Write Back, August 8) very validly raises the difference of railway gauge between Northern Ireland and rest of the United Kingdom.

I have consulted an engineer, who has worked on Eurostar and is now working on HS2 about this question. He informs me there are smart technical solutions to this issue, such as dual gauges.

And, yes, there are other obstacles. But getting on with the project and overcoming those obstacles through bringing together the finest engineering minds would be a real live showcase of UK engineering that Brunel would be proud of.

Whether a fixed link between here and Great Britain be expressed in a tunnel, or bridge, the upshot would be a more simple and dynamic UK internal market. Freight and passengers flowing from Belfast to London would be as seamless as from Manchester, or Glasgow, to London. A more efficient UK single market means more employment and broader base of tax revenues that covers vital public services.

john barstow

Pullborough, West Sussex

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