Isle of Wight Nostalgia site - Fixed Link to Mainland?

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Tunnel Survey 2000

The following are responses were received from visitors to this site between 1st January 2000 and 30th June 2000. Readers were asked if they wished to see a tunnel linking the Isle of Wight to the mainland. The survey has confirmed last year's 'no' vote. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

Results of 2000 on-line survey
YesNo
IW residents412
Born on the island, living elsewhere25
Holidaymakers / visitors317
Unknown28
GRAND TOTAL1142


Selection of comments
  • No to a tunnel OR a bridge
  • A resounding NO
  • It will take the Isle out of the Isle of Wight
  • Ferry is an important part of a holiday
  • Look what they've done to the Isle of Skye!
  • Spoil quality of life
  • The moment they try it I'll be the one with the dynamite ready to blow it out of the water!!!!
  • It would take away the magic
  • There are better ways to spend that amount of money
  • Yes - Improve job opportunities, increase tourism & reduce ferry fares
  • As an Island race, being cut off is in our blood!
  • Red funnel may be pirates but they're better than a bridge!
  • Charm would be lost
  • Ferries are an inconvenience
  • Ferries are a civilised way to travel
  • A tunnel is the only answer to the island's future
  • Don't let it happen as I cannot afford to move to Jersey

Tunnel Survey - 1999

The following are responses were received from visitors to this site between 31st January 1999 and 15 April 1999. Readers were asked if they wished to see a tunnel linking the Isle of Wight to the mainland. The survey has demonstrated a strong 'no' vote for a tunnel from both holidaymakers and residents. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

Results of 1999 on-line survey
YesNo
IW residents (or ex-residents)14%50%
Holidaymakers / visitors0%17%
Unknown3%16%
GRAND TOTAL17%83%


NO vote comments
  • Definitely NO to any sort of fixed link.
  • to build a tunnel would take away some of the 'mystique'.
  • As an ex-Islander, I think it would bring too many unwelcome visitors.
  • A tunnel will spoil the beautiful scenery of the Isle.
  • The Island will become like the rest of the overcrowded South Coast.
  • NO - an Island is part of the attraction.
  • No - keep the Island an Island - I'm coming over to live there.
  • I give my Residents vote-----an immensely strong 'NO'.
  • Island would be more prosperous but would lose its character.
  • NO way!
  • No ... house prices would rise ... London commuter belt ... enduring quality is because it IS an Island.
  • My vote is NO as it would harm the unique character of the Island
YES vote comments
  • I'm fed up with being ripped off by Wightlink



Latest tunnel news

September 2001: Construction work on controversial plans to build a tunnel between the Island and the mainland could begin within two years. That is according to Phil Murray, Director of Operations of Linkland, the company behind the idea. The new plans involve the possibility of a railway line instead of the original plan to build a road tunnel. The cost would be much lower and it would not impact the amount of traffic on the Island's roads. Mr. Murray on local radio says he can't see why the project shouldn't go ahead because it all makes sense. Mr. Murray was heavily defeated in the general election when he stood on a platform of building a fixed link.

October 2001: The Official Solent Tunnel Project web site for Linkland 2001 is at www.solent-tunnel.com.

Older news:


General Election 2001 and the Isle of Wight Political Party

The 2001 General Election saw a new political force - the Isle of Wight Political Party with Phil Murray as leader and candidate. The party originally had a fixed link as its sole theme. The manifesto was later extended to other issues but the party always made it clear that their main purpose was to get a link to the mainland built. However on 7th June 2001, the electorate gave the idea a resounding thumbs down. The party received only 1.8% of the vote, less than two other independents, the Green Party, Labour, Lib Dem and Conservartives. There can be no doubt that this idea should now be laid to rest. During the election campaign this site provided the manifesto and welcomed comments. The comments I received were entirely against and are included below:

Comments made to this site about IWPP's manifesto.


Impact assessment from the author of this site

Forget spending lots to find out the impact of a tunnel. The Isle of Wight Nostalgia site can provide this information free of charge!:

So here, for what it is worth, is the site's impact assessment of a fixed link between the Island & the mainland. The resources available for this assessment are considerably less than either of the assessments described in the section above. As an experienced forecaster (it's my daytime job!), I am also aware that forecasting the economy is an inexact science - especially where there is no historical data - as in this case. Other islands have been linked with other mainlands, but none will have the characteristics of this link. So here are the predictions: