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    The government in Westminster seems to waste an awful amount of money on absolutely useless social projects or on layers of bureaucracy which benefit nobody. Westminster shouldn't be responsible for dabbling in the affairs of local areas, but for organising large scale projects which benefit the entire nation!

    Here's a few things which I reckon they should concern themselves with, right away:

    Severn Barrage
    A tidal barrage over the Severn Estuary which could produce from 1-5% of the UK's total energy requirements and could include plans to provide a rail or train link across the River Severn, easing congestion on other crossings.

    The project would be a great source of renewable energy; allowing us to help reduce our dependency on other nations for energy, giving us a greater degree of political and economic stability.

    Cost: £2-24 billion, depending on the scheme used. Different projects available

    Irish Sea Tunnel
    A tunnel under the Irish sea which will link Britain to Ireland. There are 2 main possible routes:

    The Holyhead - Dublin route will connect Dublin to London in 2.5 hours if combined with high speed rail projects and will also allow Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to be connected. The project will be a great cultural and economic link for the 2 islands and will reduce our usage of airlines, which are huge pollutants and aren't going to get any cheaper.

    The Fishbourne - Rosslare route contains plans for a new container port in Shannon, Ireland, which will be able to compete with Rotterdam when linked to mainland Europe via freight rail. The plans also allow London to reach Dublin in 3.5 hours if combined with a new Severn crossing project. BBC News, Irish News

    Cost: £8-17billion depending on location


    Before anyone whinges about the costs, we are currently spending £4billion a year on conflicts abroad and £4billion a year on keeping drugs illegal at home. Tell me, what is a better use of money, conflict or construction? And then there's the £170billion a year which is poured into QUANGOs...

    Can anybody think of any other projects we should be undertaking to improve the infrastructure of the nation to help build for the future?
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    High speed rail and fibre broadband.
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    I agree, we also need to plan and implement a new fibre-optic infrastructure over the coming years if we wish to remain competitive 10 years down the line. This should primarily be done by private companies, but they'll need government support for sure.
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    (Original post by Jeff Hunter)
    The government in Westminster seems to waste an awful amount of money on absolutely useless social projects or on layers of bureaucracy which benefit nobody. Westminster shouldn't be responsible for dabbling in the affairs of local areas, but for organising large scale projects which benefit the entire nation!

    Before anyone whinges about the costs, we are currently spending £4billion a year on conflicts abroad and £4billion a year on keeping drugs illegal at home. Tell me, what is a better use of money, conflict or construction? And then there's the £170billion a year which is poured into QUANGOs...

    Can anybody think of any other projects we should be undertaking to improve the infrastructure of the nation to help build for the future?
    We could make the world's biggest kebab?
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    and for flip sakes, can they sort out the North Circular as well.

    (Original post by MancStudent098)
    We could make the world's biggest kebab?
    Sounds good, but it begs the question..... chicken or lamb?
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    (Original post by Neville 'Facking' Bartos)
    High speed rail and fibre broadband.
    Beat me to it.
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    All of those seem to be good suggestions, anything which makes the Channel smaller would be good as well.

    Edit: And more wind, hydro and nuclear power would be great additions too. On a more local level, sorting out the railway across the silicone fen and interlinking towns would be nice!
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    (Original post by Jeff Hunter)
    The government in Westminster seems to waste an awful amount of money on absolutely useless social projects or on layers of bureaucracy which benefit nobody. Westminster shouldn't be responsible for dabbling in the affairs of local areas, but for organising large scale projects which benefit the entire nation!

    Here's a few things which I reckon they should concern themselves with, right away:

    Severn Barrage
    A tidal barrage over the Severn Estuary which could produce from 1-5% of the UK's total energy requirements and could include plans to provide a rail or train link across the River Severn, easing congestion on other crossings.

    The project would be a great source of renewable energy; allowing us to help reduce our dependency on other nations for energy, giving us a greater degree of political and economic stability.

    Cost: £2-24 billion, depending on the scheme used. Different projects available

    Irish Sea Tunnel
    A tunnel under the Irish sea which will link Britain to Ireland. There are 2 main possible routes:

    The Holyhead - Dublin route will connect Dublin to London in 2.5 hours if combined with high speed rail projects and will also allow Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to be connected. The project will be a great cultural and economic link for the 2 islands and will reduce our usage of airlines, which are huge pollutants and aren't going to get any cheaper.

    The Fishbourne - Rosslare route contains plans for a new container port in Shannon, Ireland, which will be able to compete with Rotterdam when linked to mainland Europe via freight rail. The plans also allow London to reach Dublin in 3.5 hours if combined with a new Severn crossing project. BBC News, Irish News

    Cost: £8-17billion depending on location


    Before anyone whinges about the costs, we are currently spending £4billion a year on conflicts abroad and £4billion a year on keeping drugs illegal at home. Tell me, what is a better use of money, conflict or construction? And then there's the £170billion a year which is poured into QUANGOs...

    Can anybody think of any other projects we should be undertaking to improve the infrastructure of the nation to help build for the future?
    Nice idea's OP, have any political parties shown interest in implementing any of these construction schemes?

    High speed rail, fibre optic broadband and bigger city regeneration schemes would be nice to say the least.
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    Develop teleportation.
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    (Original post by Phryx)
    Develop teleportation.
    This :yep:
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    (Original post by Neville 'Facking' Bartos)
    High speed rail and fibre broadband.
    This.

    As well as the M4 Toll around Newport and the final section of the Cardiff bypass between Southern Way and the Bay. I drove from Birmingham to Cardiff today and the final stretch from Newport took ages because the existing roads are so congested.
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    Why Dublin? We need it from belfast!
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    Nice idea's OP, have any political parties shown interest in implementing any of these construction schemes?

    High speed rail, fibre optic broadband and bigger city regeneration schemes would be nice to say the least.
    Maybe we should e-mail representatives from each party and see what they have to say.
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    The Channel Tunnel has cost billions, the original investors lost most of their money.

    A Tunnel to Ireland is not a sensible investment.

    Decades of problems

    Since its formation in 1986, the Channel tunnel operator has struggled to make cash, owing to larger-than-expected construction costs and lower-than-estimated traffic through the tunnel.

    Existing shareholders were able to swap their shares on a one-for-one basis in the new entity.

    The share swap followed tough negotiations with creditors and put a line under 20 years of financial problems for the group.

    Since the tunnel opened in 1994, losses sustained during its construction were never recovered through car and freight traffic or through its high speed train user Eurostar, which meant the debt could never be paid back.
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    (Original post by Neville 'Facking' Bartos)
    Sounds good, but it begs the question..... chicken or lamb?
    Both options are normally just stray cat anyway so as long as we dump plenty of chilli sauce on it I'm not sure it matters.
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    None, use the money to cut corperation tax. :awesome:
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    We could replace all of our trains with Maglevs.

    It would be extremely expensive, but it would remove the need of internal flights.
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    I would like to see Hydrogen fuel pumps. It may not be perfect, but its better then having plug sockets at the end of streets, which i believe has been proposed.
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    Build a death star
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    (Original post by Untitled258)
    I would like to see Hydrogen fuel pumps. It may not be perfect, but its better then having plug sockets at the end of streets, which i believe has been proposed.
    and the hydrogen comes from where...?
 
 
 
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