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“If it is up to me, work on the Sandoy-Suðuroy undersea tunnel will start in 2023,” states transport minister

Heðin Mortensen, the minister of transport, infrastructure and labor, has stated that if it is up to him, work on the Sandoy-Suðuroy undersea tunnel will start in 2023.

The Streymoy-Sandoy subsea tunnel is expected to open in 2023, and Heðin Mortensen, who is running for parliament for the umpteenth time, has pointed out that he intends to start work on the Suðuroy-subsea tunnel (Suðuroyartunnilin) as soon as the Sandoy subsea tunnel (Sandoyartunnilin) is finished.

“In 2023, Smyril (the Tórshavn-Suðuroy ferry) will be more than 15 years old and it is a given that we connect the entire country to the same road network rather than build a new ferry,” said Social Democrats candidate Heðin Mortensen in a reader’s letter ahead of the parliamentary elections, which will take place later this month.

Mr. Mortensen added: ” I have commenced work (with regards to the undersea tunnel), and as soon as the parliament has debated and passed the bill, we can form a public limited company which will take care of building the Suðuroy-undersea tunnel.

The Suðuroy-subsea tunnel will make the Faroe Islands larger and will put all Faroe Islanders on an equal footing when it comes to traveling,” Mr. Mortensen concluded.

There are currently two undersea tunnels in the Faroes (Vágatunnilin 2002 & Norðoyatunnilin 2006). The third one (Skálafjarðartunnilin) will open in December 2020.

Read more: Here comes the fourth undersea tunnel

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