On April 11th, 2018,The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released the updated pre-feasibility study for a fixed link between Labrador and the island of Newfoundland.
Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development completed the report that is an update of the 2004 study by the Harris Centre. The 2004 study provided an independent examination of the economic and technical implications and the construction viability of a fixed transportation link across the Strait of Belle Isle.
The updated report includes new geological research, innovations in tunnel technology, updated labour and material costs, and other factors that may have an impact on the original cost and time estimates. Hatch Limited updated the engineering study for the report while the Harris Centre’s Regional Analytics Lab completed the economic impact analysis.
The report includes a review of three fixed link tunnel concepts: a single rail, single road and double road. It concludes that a tunnel bored using tunnel boring machines, with an electric train shuttle to transport vehicles is the most technically and economically feasible alternative.
The report is available online at http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/publications/fixedlink2018.pdf .
“The concept of a fixed link is a nation-building prospect that could potentially have social and economic benefits for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and all Canadians. Consistent with the goals we set out in The Way Forward, any future decisions regarding this project must strengthen the province’s economic foundation and improve outcomes for the people of our province. While the study shows that a fixed link is technically feasible, it is a long-term, national project that will require significant partnerships. I look forward to continuing conversations informed by this report.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Now that we’ve received this report we can proceed to the next stage of evaluating the concept of completing a fixed link between Labrador and the island of Newfoundland. We will continue our work to ensure responsible decisions are made for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works
“Transportation is key to economic development. It is important that we are aware of the effect that this type of change to the province’s transportation infrastructure could have on the economy. This study is another step in evaluating this option.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
MHA for St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows
“The study is a positive step forward and provides valuable information to determine future transportation priorities for the province. The concept of a fixed link has been a long-standing debate in my district. I am encouraged more work will be done to explore this option which has the potential to open up new opportunities for the region and provide for more reliable transportation for our residents.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
MHA for Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair
“Building on the strength of our transportation networks provides tremendous economic opportunities for Canadians. The fixed link is in the national interest and has the potential to bring growth for Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Canada. I am pleased the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is evaluating the options for such a connection and I look forward to working with all partners to building a stronger transportation network for Labradorians and all Canadians.”
Member of Parliament for Labrador
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Updated pre-feasibility study for a fixed link between Labrador and the island of Newfoundland – http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/publications/fixedlink2018.pdf
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