A very strategic argument for a Belfast fixed link has perhaps been lying right under noses.
The European Union defines Cork to Dublin to Belfast to Stranraer as one of the top 10 of Trans-European networks.
This certainly implies a fixed link and reinstatement of the Dumfries to Stranraer line.
After all how else is continental Europe to be accessed in a speedy and efficient way?
Such a facility would inter-join the UK and create a bigger UK logistics sector including a marshalling yard in Belfast area.
And in European terms it would be as strategic as the Oresund Bridge Gotthard and Brenner Base Tunnels.
On these grounds a case for EU support and buy in.
John Barstow, Pulborough, West Sussex