Faroe Islands: Inside the undersea tunnel network

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The Faroe Islands are set to open an under-sea roundabout following more than three years of construction.

The underwater tunnels connect the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy in a network some 6.8 miles (11km) long. The network is scheduled to open on 19 December.

The tunnel network will come as a relief to residents, cutting down the travel time between the capital Torshavn and Runavik, from an hour and 14 minutes to just 16 minutes.

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The lowest point of the tunnel network is 187m (613ft) below sea level.

The Faroe Islands, a series of 18 islets in the North Atlantic located halfway between Iceland and Norway, constitute an autonomous region of Denmark.

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In order to ensure the safety of those using the tunnel, the steepest incline is no more than a 5% gradient, the company behind the tunnels confirmed.

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A test-run involving emergency services is scheduled for 17 December, according to local media.

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The roundabout in the middle of the network will contain artwork by Faroese artist Trondur Patursson. The art will comprise sculptures and light effects.

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Those using the tunnels will be required to pay a toll fee. Local.fo, a Faroese news website, reports that passenger cars will have to pay 75 Danish Krona (£9.10) one way.

Locals can sign up to a subscription which makes it cheaper.

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According to contractors NCC, the tunnels are the biggest infrastructure investment ever made on the Faroe Islands.

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Another tunnel is currently under construction, connecting the islands of Sandoy and Streymoy.

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