We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers. This one from Ron Chonner in Lake. Ed
The argument for and against a Solent Tunnel fixed link to the mainland appears frequently in these columns, with opinion more or less equally divided between the proponents, yet with the majority of Islanders undecided.
Something to keep everyone happy?
I would like therefore to propose a compromise that will hopefully satisfy everyone. A suggestion that takes advantage of the relative shallowness of the waters between the mainland and the Island at the western end, opposite the New Forest region.
It would be simple and relatively cheap solution to construct an elevated road at this point (to call it a ‘bridge’ would be an exaggeration).
Swing it over
There could be a swing or lift section at the mainland end, to allow the passage of yachts and motor cruisers, and at the Island end a considerably longer removable section mounted perhaps on barges.
The road would be suitable for cars and light vans only, and the barge mounted section would normally be anchored to one side, leaving a long gap.
Remaining as an island
Thus the Island would remain as such, being connected only at certain times, such as the peak of the holiday season and perhaps for an hour or so during the morning and evening ‘rush hours’.
What do others think of this idea?