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Train tunnel can create a Belfast-London link

Sir Richard Branson is apparently interested in a hyperloop between Scotland and London, reducing journey times to 18 minutes.

However, in the light of Brexit, surely the priority should be on pursuing improvements to existing rail trunk between London and Scotland routes, reopening the Dumfries-Stranraer line, plus connecting to Northern Ireland via a north channel tunnel link?

Then Sir Richard could have his trains running from London to Belfast and Glasgow to Belfast. The needs of building a more integrated and dynamic UK domestic market makes upgrading existing routes (plus the Northern Ireland fixed link) a matter of urgency.

I admire Sir Richard. We need business people and trade unions to get their collective weight behind improvements to rail infrastructure (including a Northern Ireland fixed link). And we need to mix private and public investment.

john barstow

Pulborough, West Sussex

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