Boris Johnson Wants An Underground Roundabout In The Isle of Man... Somehow
It'll be a big circle connecting three to four tunnels, but it may prove to be little more than a distraction.
You know of Swindon's 7-circle roundabout. You know of the peanut-shaped roundabout. Now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants a great big underground rotunda dug into the Isle of Man to connect England, Scotland and Northern Island. Why, exactly?
As the Sunday Times reports, the prime minister, in what is being called a "batshit" but somehow unshakeable idea that "cannot die" in the head-space of the prime minister, according to aides, proposes tunnels that converge into the Isle of Man, connecting Liverpool and Heysham in England to Stranraer in Scotland and Larne in Ireland.
This is a plan that I sort of get -- I don't exactly entertain having to touch the legendary gladiatorial arena called the Snaefell Mountain Course to turn it into a mass thoroughfare, but sources close to Boris aren't exactly enthused, even if the plan has been given a feasibility report. Architects certainly find this plan a little strange. In a line for the Architects' Journal, Alan Dunlop, who already proposed a massive bridge that was meant to straddle Beaufort's Dyke, couldn't fathom why Boris would blurt this out "particularly at a time when there is so much criticism being levelled at the prime minister and the so-called Boris’s Burrow is being ridiculed in much of the press. "
It certainly lines up with many of the reactions online, calling it yet another distraction to the REAL ISSUES (gah, too loud) facing the nation today. As a Filipino who gets mildly interested in the escapist element of watching international news, I can only laugh at this plan over my fried fish and rice while reviewing for an online test. Jeez.
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