IoD seminar to discuss islands link tunnel

Posted: 16/01/2020

IoD seminar_rail link illoThe Institute of Directors (IoD) has set out details of its January seminar, which will discuss the economic challenges facing Guernsey over the next two political terms and the potential of a fixed link between the islands. 

The breakfast event will provide an opportunity to discuss why infrastructure will play a critical role in securing the Channel Islands’ future by de-risking and delivering economic growth.

There will be a presentation from investment actuary Martyn Dorey, founder of Dorey Financial Modelling and a former President of the Chamber of Commerce, who also consults the States of Guernsey on economic, fiscal and demographic matters.

He will share the economic and strategic argument behind a fixed link between the Channel Islands, and discuss the economic projections of the project in terms of predicted demand, affordability, return on investment and policy challenges.

He said: "Investment in infrastructure can have a profound and lasting effect on economic growth. This is not a new phenomenon: Europe continues to benefit from the revolutionary strategic vision the Romans had in investing in roads and transport routes almost 2,000 years ago.

"I look forward to discussing the economic benefits an infrastructure project could have for Guernsey, including GDP, tax and population.”

Also at the event, Stephen Whitham, Head of Department Tunnels at Ramboll, will present an engineer’s perspective on the project, including the credibility of the link, the predicted costs and how Guernsey could practically turn vision into reality. 

• The breakfast will take place on Friday 24 January and places can be booked through

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