Plans for £1bn tunnel from Isle of Wight to Titchfield are revealed

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PLANS for a £1bn tunnel linking the Isle of Wight to the mainland have been revealed.

Businessmen Carl Feeney and Kevin Price, from the island, have put forward their vision for the tunnel between Titchfield and the land south of Brading Downs.

The pair hope their proposed plan will generate enough support to trigger a referendum on the island.

And if that is won they will put together a team to draw up more concrete plans allowing them to apply to the Government for funding.

The 13-mile road and rail tunnel would stretch from the Isle of Wight to the west of Titchfield Abbey.

Mr Price and Mr Feeney say the plans, which also include proposals for a monorail system on the island, have been brought about to increase investment on the Isle of Wight and as a result of exorbitant ferry prices.

A petition set up in support of the proposals has so far gained more than 3,500 signatures.