Mayor slams “unfair” tunnel access road plan

15.03.2019 - 17:25
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Mayor slams “unfair” tunnel access road plan
The new tunnel access road proposal “ignores” the wishes of Runavík municipality, says mayor
Tórbjørn Jacobsen, mayor of Runavík, refuses to accept that Runavík citizens should be forced to pay for part of the subsea tunnel project
 
 

Runavík municipality is being treated unfairly in the planning of the Eysturoy-Tórshavn subsea tunnel project, says Tórbjørn Jacobsen, mayor of Runavík.

The municipality’s only role in the planning process, he argues, has been to aid the creation of a construction law

 >> SEE ALSO Mayors call for tunnel access road plan

In a readers’ letter, Jacobsen argues that although the transport minister has managed to create a construction law, the whole tunnel plan has evolved from nothing to a construction law, which he compares to a bouncing check for DKK 35 million.

He refers to the comments of the proposal, which state that the plan for the tunnel access road in Runavík is made by road authority Landsverk in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport.

This, Jacobsen argues, is direct confirmation that Runavík’s role in this matter has been limited to assisting with the creation of a construction law. 

 >> SEE ALSO Work starting on subsea tunnel entrance

Runavík municipality’s citizens are shackled when it comes to the subsea tunnel infrastructure, says the mayor, who refuses to accept that Runavík citizens should be forced to pay for this project.

“The current construction law suggests that the citizens should pay, and that is something I can neither accept nor respect,” he says.

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