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if the cost of a tunnel from ulsta to toft was only £1 would the shetland islands council build it ?
i think not,i think that they would spend hundreds of thousands of pounds discussing it over a very long time with lots of cups of tea and dunkies then they would convince themselves that the £1 really meant £10,000000 (which is still a lot cheaper than a new ferry and maintaining it) and then they would decide to spend our money on an old un-seaworthy piece of old crap and piss everybody off by running it badly, spend millions on re-fits and fuel costs,stop the crossings in bad weather and pretend its in all our best interests tell us many many lies about how its really cost effective and then when the whalsay ferry breaks down (despite it having only had a £4,000000 re-fit a month ago) lend our piece of crap to them because the residents of whalsay are clearly more important than us !


bridges and tunnels would be so much easier but the stubborn narrow minded shetland islands councilors know best dont they its clearly cheaper to spend £30 million on a new boat and then £5 million per year to run the bloody thing than to spend £20 odd million on a fixed structure and have done with it,i dont know why they sit and discuss things when they know perfectly well in advance what they are going to do its becoming a bit of a joke now but i guess we should bare with them as they know not what they do,i guess it would be a start if they got somebody in who could actually count,add up and subtract without the need of an abacus !

the other day i was offered a car for £10 it was taxed and m.o.t'd and only a year old with only 1,000 miles on the clock,the guy i was buying it from said if you buy this i will tax it and m.o.t it every year for you free of charge,i will also provide you with unlimited free fuel,all this for 10 quid !
i said well have you got anything else and he said yes i have a rusty piece of old crap over there it dont run its completely illegal,leaks fuel,and sometimes i may need it back for a long period of time,yours for £5,000,done i said ill take it !
I then ran my application for finance director down to the S.I.C with the explicit instructions that should i get the position i do not need a company vehicle !


My point is that there are a lot of ignorant people on shetland that think a bridge or a tunnel would cost too much money,the fact is that a tunnel or a bridge would cost a lot less than either despite what the council tell us,i have worked on the channel tunnel and of late in the faroe islands projects and i know for a fact that a tunnel would firstly be much more cost effective both in the short term and the long term and i have seen the changes it has made to island life for the better,in both property prices on islands now connected rising and for working people getting about,so before anyone reply's with sarcasm or nastyness or tells me as some of you have that i am talking from my behind, know your facts !


please click the following link to see for yourselves 


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It seema however no one wants to invest, or they could have been there.


Currently, where I am, it is looking as if we need to spend more than £70 million on a suitable bridge to span a river, in 4 years time, after the feasability study, it will be abour £84 Million.


With no one willing to invest, it will be difficult to see happen.




How much does it cost to run the tunnels, I know the Mersy tunnel has a system of ventilation systems, you are also not to carry any flamables or explosives.


Will there be the support from south?


The Danes are not to happy with the current spend on the Islands, some are going as far as demanding the 1.1 billion Euros that the islands owe which closely represents the cost of tunnes and bridges, many of which were built before the 1980s, those built in the 60's would not be suitable I would think, there is enough confusion with passing places already it has been noted on here.



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The SIC is seriously considering fixed links according to this article.





Speaking during Wednesday's meeting, Henderson said repair costs would be a burden for as long as ferries continued to be used.

“I think we're at the stage now where we should be getting some expert advice from Norway, Faroe – somebody to come here and give us the lowdown on the whole thing, and see what's achievable.â€

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