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Tunnel in town inspires Cobo to Belle Greve ‘underground highway’

Tunnel in town inspires Cobo to Belle Greve ‘underground highway’

Friday 01 April 2022

Tunnel in town inspires Cobo to Belle Greve ‘underground highway’

Friday 01 April 2022

A local businessman has been inspired to enact his lifelong dream of building a tunnel from the east coast of Guernsey to the west, after hearing of the States’ debate on a potential seafront tunnel.

During debate on the creation of a development agency in Guernsey, the States has been asked to investigate the possibility of building a tunnel between the South Esplanade and North Beach.

On hearing this, James Underpass decided to enact a multi-million-pound investment in his own tunnel.

“I’ve been thinking about this for years and I’ve already got planning permission, I just need to start the process,” he said.

“I’m lucky in that I’m very rich. I’ve always wanted to invest in my community, then I thought… tunnels! People like those.”


Pictured: The tunnel will be lit by underground solar streetlights to save on electricity costs.

Mr Underpass is planning to sink £85 million into the project and utilise local construction firms to help build it all out of granite.

“It’ll pay for itself in no time,” he said, suggesting a toll charge of £20 each way. 

It’s hoped the 5km project could be completed by 1 April 2023 and include an underground café somewhere below the Sausmarez Park pond.

“We’ll have a glass ceiling, so people can look at the ducks,” he said.

Pictured top: The tunnel would allow people to drive directly onto the beach.

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