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Rob Wright
2022-06-23 12:30
Thank you very much for the question.
Surprisingly, there is not. While it's intuitive that a shorter tunnel would be a lot cheaper, it's much more technically complex, because if you look at the West Block example, the tunnel infrastructure has to go in and under the foundation of the West Block. You can see tunnel W kind of skirts around. It's much more technically complex, and we'd have to put new stairwells and elevators into the existing West Block at the southern portion while the West Block is operational to serve Parliament. It's very complex, so it is actually pretty much a wash from a financial perspective, and it involves a much higher-risk approach.
These alternative tunnels, W and D, can be implemented with minimal disturbance to Parliament, and you can see how they're kind of a straight shot—still technically complex—through the bedrock rather than having to work underneath the foundations of the buildings, which adds a tremendous amount of technical complexity and disruption to Parliament and the associated costs that come with it.
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