Guernsey Press

New solution needed for Alderney

AIR and sea connectivity is crucial when you live on an island.


That is why Guernsey residents are so quick to criticise the likes of Aurigny and Condor when their travel plans are disrupted.

That is also why many in the tourist industry and business community keep clamouring for an improved airport runway.

Spare a thought, then, for our northern neighbours in Alderney.

Despite the States having agreed proposals to reconstruct and repair the island’s crumbling runway, as well as build a new terminal and fire station, the project has been left in limbo again due to the tenders received far exceeding the agreed £24m. budget.

P&R says the best quote of £37m. is ‘unviable and unaffordable’.

The higher-than-expected price is likely partly to do with Alderney’s relative inaccessibility, as well as rising costs and inflation and an already busy construction industry.

But as STSB vice-president Charles Parkinson pointed out, the States of Guernsey’s reputation for pulling out of construction deals at the 11th hour is unlikely to have helped.

Whatever the reason, a more affordable solution will need to be found, and sooner rather than later.

Reliable air links are key to Alderney’s future economic success – and that would benefit the whole Bailiwick.