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Working Group Assessing Feasibility of Westman Islands Tunnel

A working group, appointed by Minister of Infrastructure Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, has been tasked with assessing the feasibility of a tunnel between Iceland’s mainland and the Westman Islands. The group, which began its work recently, will deliver findings, cost estimates, and recommendations by July 31st, 2024.

Presenting scenarios regarding different implementations

As noted in a press release from the government’s website today, the feasibility of constructing a tunnel between the mainland of Iceland and the Westman Islands is being assessed. Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, the Minister of Infrastructure, has appointed a working group for this task. The group’s mandate starts from September 15th and they are expected to deliver their findings no later than July 31st, 2024.

“The working group’s role is to present scenarios regarding different implementations, and the pros and cons of each. Additionally, the group is to provide a cost estimate for the necessary research and analysis, so a final assessment of the feasibility of a tunnel to the Westman Islands can be made. The working group will submit a report to the Minister of the Interior detailing the group’s findings, options, cost-benefit analysis, and recommendations for the next steps, based on current scientific data and the latest information,” a statement on the government’s website about the group’s role reads.

The members of the working group:
Kristín Jónsdóttir, Chair, without a specific nomination
Freysteinn Sigmundsson, without a specific nomination
Freyr Pálsson, nominated by the Road Administration
Anton Kári Halldórsson, nominated by the Rangárþing Eystra municipality
Gylfi Sigfússon, nominated by Vestmannaeyjar Municipality

Björn Ágúst Björnsson, an engineer and expert in profitability analysis, will work alongside the group.

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