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Transport / More ‘Tunnel Vision’ events planned

Tunnels like this one in Faroe are seen by some as the way forward. Photo: UK Government

MORE ‘Tunnel Vision’ events will be held in Shetland’s islands this summer to talk about fixed links.

They will again be hosted by MP Alistair Carmichael and MSP Beatrice Wishart.

They will take place in Yell, Fetlar, Unst, Whalsay and Bressay.

Similar events were held in the isles last year, with their participation showing that fixed links “command public support”, according to Carmichael.

There has been some progress on the fixed links front since last summer, however.

Earlier this year Shetland Islands Council approved the creation of a wide overview of its entire transport network, including possible tunnels, which will result in business cases.

And tunnel action groups in the North Isles are set to fundraise themselves to allow geotechnical studies to take place in Yell Sound and Bluemull Sound.

A few weeks ago the two Yell and Unst tunnel action groups held a joint meeting to organise their activities.

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Unst Tunnel Action Group chair Alec Priest said they worked on “finalising our fundraising plans and coordinating their ongoing lobbying activities”.

In late June a parliament committee also recommended that the Scottish Government carries out a study on fixed links in the country.

Meanwhile this summer’s Tunnel Vision events will take place on:

  • Monday 21 August – Cullivoe Hall, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 August – Fetlar Community Hall, 12.15pm to 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 August – Baltasound Hall, 6pm to 7.15pm
  • Wednesday 23 August – Symbister Hall, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
  • Thursday 24 August – Bressay Hall, 5.30pm to 6.45pm

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