Oresund Bridge connects Sweden & Denmark
Bridging the gap
By Claire Peters
The idea of a link (bridge or tunnel) between Jersey and France is back on the agenda.
How would you like to be able to drive to France from Jersey?
Perhaps you’d buckle up and pop to a genuine French boulangerie for your Sunday morning croissants? Maybe you'd jump in the car and whiz off for a romantic weekend in Paris. Then again you could just fill your boot with fine French wine and head home again.
If you wanted to make that a reality right now, you’d have to invest in an amphibious car.
Not so far-fetched
In the past there have been ideas mooted and dreams dreamt about connecting the island to mainland France. Those idea’s have usually been met with responses such as ‘that’s just ridiculous’ or ‘impossible’.
But according to resident Peter Walsh it’s not such a far-fetched idea to look at linking the east of the island to Port Bail with a road bridge.
The structure would be similar to the Oresund Bridge, which links Denmark and Sweden.
Since that original suggestion the idea has been taken on by the Environment Scrutiny Panel - who will also be examining the idea of a tunnel.
They will also be looking at whether it would be possible to combine tidal power generators with the bridge or tunnel.
Growing the economy
Mr Walsh believes the bridge would allow Jersey to grow its economy without needing to build hundreds more homes on the island.
He said turbines could be attached to the piers to generate electricity, and oil and gas pipes included in the link. He added that freight prices would be reduced with the construction of a bridge.
The Jersey man, who has written to President Sarkozy of France to seek his support, believes the bridge could pay for itself thorough tolls over 35 years.
The Minister for Planning, Senator Freddie Cohen, said it’s worth looking into proposals but cost would be a major issue.
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last updated: 17/10/2008 at 12:53
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