A group campaigning for a fixed road link to the Isle of Wight has launched crowd funding fundraising bid for feasibility study work by Arup for the “Solent Freedom Tunnel”.
Pro-Link is aiming to raise £100,000 to fund the work by Arup, which has agreed to co-invest in the work, to look at the viability of the project and propose alignment for the tunnelled link.
Proposal documents put forward by Arup would see the feasibility study led by technical project director Alison Norrish, financial project director Jonathan Turton and project manager Alastair Howcroft.
In a commercial offer to Pro-Link, Arup has said that it is “keen to co-invest in the viability study” and said that the work is “aligned with its values of helping to shape a better world and support the creation of new and innovative scheme”.
Arup told Pro-Link that a study of this nature for a project as large and complex as the Isle of Wight Fixed Link would cost well in excess of £100,000 to complete to the required standard. However, Arup has agreed to cap its fee at £100,000 and invest the additional time to complete the work at no extra costs.
Pro-Link has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise the funding for the work and has so far brought in pledges for over £3,500 in 12 days.