If the steel now comes to the UK via the system you posted ... It just shows the poor state of affairs the UK steel industry and others have ended up... And it is all mainly down to money and cost... Even more so in the current world we live in... How shipping Lambs from Australia years ago was cheaper than UK home produced Lambs seemed crazy to me... Probably because of the sheer volume shipped .. .. Now it is mass volume of migrants being shipped .. One extreme to another ..
When my mum went out to Australia as a £10 Pom (returning later),she used to tell me about riding the tram in Sydney, and because of her pallor, the Aussies would ask her "What do you think of our bridge (proudly)". She would respond tersely "What do you mean, YOUR bridge?" - "That Bridge was made just down the river from where I was born (Teesside) and you haven't even paid off the interest yet!". She really went down a storm there.
She had gone out there because my dad had fallen for the place after being stationed there with the RAF for the latter part of WW2. The couple and my older siblings did not settle and came back to Blighty on the early 50's.
The point is, that the steel industry in the North East has since been decimated and if we wanted to build a big bridge in the North, then the iron ore would go from Australia to be made into steel in China and then come all the way to England in ships made in the far East too.
Your post made me realise I knew very little about the construction of the bridge , shamed me into looking it up . Designed by two English engineers , .....ouch , construction was undertaken by a consortium of British engineering companies with the steel , (not wraught iron as per the Eiffel Tower ,) being supplied by Seimens and a French company . Couldn't find any specific details re. the work force but I'd imagine they came from all parts of Britain and Ireland plus some from the continent .
Seems sheer lack of government future planning.. even mass solar panel farms can produce needed power, not sure if they can beat wind farm power production ..... but we need to up our home production of power sooner than later as an investment for our ever growing power needs.. and we need have the ability to produce more than our needs as a backup in years to come as power usage security...
Just to get some in to do or run things that we should be doing ourselves...to me is crazy.. A lot of our rail network is foreign owned or run by, water and electricity all with profits taken out of the UK.... The gross revenue and profits the Electricity companies must make would probably pay off he national debt in future coming years
Building, Owning and running our own infrastructure seems not on our governments agenda.... I wonder who built the Forth road Bridge all those 50 years ago UK workers or not...
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