Tunnel idea good say some, April Fool’s joke say others

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A POTENTIAL tunnel to Jersey and France has provoked a huge reaction on social media – with some backing the idea and others wondering it was an April Fool’s joke.

Martyn Dorey introducing his idea of a tunnel link to Jersey and France to members of the Chamber of Commerce. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 5259684)

Details of the proposed link from Guernsey, plus an artificial island housing a combined airport, was set out by local businessman Martyn Dorey earlier this week. As part of his vision, there could be a road or rail link.

The story has sparked a major discussion on the Guernsey Press Facebook page, with more than 100 comments.

The new link was a ‘fantastic idea’, according to Peter Du Port. ‘There are so many economic benefits for the Channel Islands which would be achieved by doing this. Congratulations for proposing this, I wish you well in your efforts to realise this,’ he said.

Giles Stevens wrote: ‘The Faroe Islands have a few road tunnels linking the various islands. They’re finishing a major engineering tunnel project now which will even have a roundabout. “Left to Jersey. Right to St Malo” maybe!!’

Anita Thorne asked: ‘Can the tunnel go from Weymouth?

Janet Falla wrote: ‘Whatever they decide to do, something is needed and a link between Guernsey, Jersey & France would seem like a reasonable idea’

Meanwhile, Ian Naftel said: ‘Another pie in the sky that will never happen. Be great if it did but this is Guernsey.’

Stuart Sharp, along with a number of other commentators, simply asked: ‘Is it April 1st again?’

Scheme proponent Martyn Dorey has said that a new fixed link would boost the economy by creating a new economic zone and opening up the possibility of commuting from Normandy to the Channel Islands.

The next stage was to set up a feasibility study, he told the latest monthly Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Old Government House hotel on Monday.

Will Green

By Will Green
Business Editor

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