Kingsway Tunnel Opens

Gibraltars new airport tunnel

Gibraltar's 'Kingsway' airport tunnel will open tonight at midnight after more than 14 years of construction and litigation.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo opened the tunnel alongside former Chief Minister Sir Peter Caruana, with both cutting the ribbon on either side of the entry and exit roads of Kingsway.

The opening of Kingsway also saw the Governor, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, members of the GSD Damon Bossino and Edwin Reyes, and Leader of Together Gibraltar Marlene Hassan, and local dignitaries including the Mayor Christian Santos attend.

"It's been a real pleasure at last to open the Gibraltar Airport Tunnel and it is a particular pleasure to be able to announce to you today that the airport and tunnel access roads [and the tunnel]...will be known as Kingsway...and that has been approved by His Majesty himself today," Mr Picardo said.

Standing in Gibraltar International Airport's Wessex Lounge alongside Mr Caruana, whose GSD adinistration had commenced the project, Mr Picardo marked the completion of the tunnel which took "much longer" than expected, an epic scheme "of almost Sagrada Familia" proportions" that was plagued by problems over many years.

"It was no failure on the part of the work force but because of the attitude of the contractor," Mr Picardo said.

He recognised the project was commissioned by his predecessor Mr Caruana and noted the work across the two government administrations, GSD and GSLP/Liberals.

"Before we were elected, a contract which had been awarded had become litigious and on the day Sir Peter came to hand over after we won the 2011 election he was very keen to ensure that we knew that if anybody tried to steal a march against the Government of Gibraltar or the people of Gibraltar then the previous administration would of course step up to ensure that didn't happen," Mr Picardo said.

Mr Picardo detailed how after much litigation it was now a pleasure to see the tunnel open, despite admitting he was not a fan of the project when it was first announced by the GSD.

He had deemed the project unnecessary at the time, but now said he fully understood the value of the project.

"This will aid traffic flow and will ease congestion," he said.

He called Kingsway a tunnel bridging Gibraltar and Europe and confirmed that tonight at midnight his vehicle G1 will be the last to cross the airport runway and the first to cross the tunnel.

Sir Peter thanked Mr Picardo for his gesture inviting him to speak at the opening of the tunnel.

"Barcelona and Milan have their cathedrals and their own iconic building that took a lifetime to build and now we have our own tunnel," Sir Peter said.

"It's hasn't taken quite as long, but as the Chief Minister says the project was steeped in controversy from the beginning."

"It was a very complicated EU tender process, then the first contractor that it awarded to pulled out shortly after the contracts were signed."

"The next contractor that was appointed did what contractors in some countries I'm told tend to do, that is bid low get the contract and then apply the pressure to get more money out of the clients."

"They picked the wrong client."

Sir Peter remembered how work ground to a halt in the run up to the 2011 general election, and the government would not fall for that "trick" and the contractor was sacked.

"If the tunnel had to be paralysed then so be it," Sir Peter said.

He said successive government's have invested in Gibraltar's infrastructure and the tunnel was a long-term vision.

"We're not talking about what you think Gibraltar needs today but what Gibraltar is going to need in 15 or 20 years time and take the flak in the meantime," he said.


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The name and opening date seem DIVINELY inspired.

So glad the name is Kingsway
(instead of having Charles in the name).

To enter Gibraltar through the Campo, one has to through a tunnel called The Kingsway :slightly_smiling_face: - that's fitting for its' future.

Opening after midnight on 30 March - Enochian Passover, represented in this article – HOLD FAST – Feast or Famine and the Passover

Wonder if The Campo of Gibraltar will be like this?:

Isaiah 35:4 Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a retribution; He will come and save you.
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
35:6 Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, [shall be] grass with reeds and rushes.
35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the passer-by men, though fools, shall not err [therein].
35:9 No lion shall be there, nor [any] ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk [there]:
35:10 And the ransomed of the "I AM" shall return, and come to Zion with "Songs" and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

King Christ is The Way


The Government says it has noted the build-up of the vehicular frontier queue on Tuesday afternoon, which is the first major queue experienced since Kingsway was opened.

This led to the intermittent closure of Kingsway due to the safety features incorporated into the design of the tunnel, which does not allow for stationary vehicles to queue inside the tunnel. This means that when the frontier queue builds up, cars are batched through the tunnel in the same fashion as they were across the runway prior to the tunnel opening.

In preparation for the Easter weekend when traffic volumes are expected to be higher than normal, the RGP, working in conjunction with the tunnel operator and GPMSL, will be deploying the agreed traffic management plan to cater for frontier queues.

If the queue builds up the two northbound lanes along Kingsway will be separated using traffic cones and vehicles bound for the frontier will be stacked along one of the Devil’s Tower Road eastbound lanes if necessary. The separation of lanes along Kingsway will ensure that one northbound lane will be kept clear at all times for access to the Air Terminal, Four Corners, Eroski and Western Beach and will prevent opportunistic queue jumping.

In addition, there is a provision for implementing a contraflow along one of the westbound lanes of Devil’s Tower Road. This will add to the vehicle holding capacity of the eastbound lane should this become necessary.

The public is asked to be attentive to the signage and traffic management measures when in the Devil’s Tower Road / Kingsway area and follow the directions provided by traffic officers.

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A software failure in the Kingsway tunnel resulted in southbound border traffic being temporarily re-routed across the runway late Wednesday night.

The diversion last an hour while the issue was resolved.

The software failure at 11.32pm affected the tunnel safety systems on the southbound bore, making the barriers close automatically as a safety measure and stopping traffic travelling from Eastgate towards Devil’s Tower Road.

The northbound bore remained open to vehicular traffic throughout and the pedestrian subway was also unaffected.

“The Government understands that the Royal Gibraltar Police requested that the MoD temporarily open the runway crossing at Winston Churchill Avenue to southbound vehicular traffic, as a contingency measure to minimise the disruption to traffic flow whilst the issues affecting the Tunnel Safety Systems were investigated, and given there were no flights operating at that time,” No.6 Convent Place said in a statement.

“Specialist technicians and staff were immediately deployed by the Tunnel Control Room to resolve the issue and the southbound bore was reopened at 00.25.”

The runway crossing at Winston Churchill Avenue was again closed to vehicular traffic shortly afterwards.

“Kingsway is under constant, 24-hour surveillance by the Tunnel Control Room, and its staff are specifically trained to manage any issues that may arise,” No.6 added.

The opening of the tunnel under the runway, while ostensibly an important infrastructure project, has already come to be seen as an assertion of British sovereignty and control over the isthmus.

There are rumblings of discontent along those lines among the usual suspects across the border.