Isles representatives announce Tunnel Vision – community-led discussions on fixed links

Shetland representatives Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have today announced the launch of the fixed links discussion event “Tunnel Vision”. The event, to be held at 2pm on Saturday 5th February, is intended to kickstart discussions on islander interest in establishing fixed links and the practical issues involved, with people on Unst, Yell, Bressay, Papa Stour, Fetlar and Whalsay all having an individual say. Letter invitations have been sent this weekend to islanders and council representatives.

The event will be hosted by the isles representatives with expert speakers Prof Andrew Sloan, visiting professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde University and Sigurd Lamhauge, Faroese director of Landsverk, which oversees land-based transport infrastructure, including tunnels. Islanders are invited to RSVP by calling 01595 690044.

Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart said:

“Fixed links have long been discussed and we are at a crossroads with many lifeline ferries requiring retirement. Fixed links could be transformative for Shetland.

“There are many aspirations and varying needs of each island community which will be important to listen to in this infrastructure debate. That is what I hope we can start to address with our event.”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael said:

“Discussions on the potential benefits of fixed links started years ago but we have never had a broad debate or agreement on whether tunnel connections are right for our communities, or how they might be implemented on an island-by-island basis.

“This event is just the start of the conversation but it is a conversation whose time has surely come. I would encourage anyone with an interest in these issues to join the event and get involved.”

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