If the United Kingdom is serious about not wanting to see the return of a “hard border” or militarised frontier around the UK-administered Six Counties, making an official count of the number of roads crossing into the disputed region is an odd way to go about it. According to press reports, in the autumn of 2017 officials from the local Department for Infrastructure in Belfast requested the assistance of their counterparts with the national Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Dublin to list all cross-border routes into the north-east of the country. That request was agreed to in September and is expected to report between April and June of this year. Though it has been estimated that there are 275 road crossings on the 500 km long partition line, that figure is almost certainly a conservative one if smaller tracks, greenways and private routes are included. In contrast to Britain’s legacy territory in Ireland, there are only 137 crossing points situated on the whole of the European Union’s eastern frontier, a multinational border which stretches for over 6,000 km.