A while ago we posted about the tunnels that are being constructed in the South of Tenerife that will eventually link into a motorway right round the island.
We are informed that travel time from Playa De Las Americas to Puerto De La Cruz in the North will be cut to twenty minutes instead of the usual hour and fifteen. The North Airport at Los Rodeos will then be about thirty minutes away. The whole Island will be opened up enormously.
Pictured above are the Southern tunnel entrances located just above Guia De Isora (just inland from Los Gigantes). The entrances are being formed in concrete and will make two tunnels, one of which is an emergency tunnel for evacuation and servicing. The motorway runs right up to the tunnelmouths.
Above, a new and unopened stretch of brand new motorway, leading to the Southern entrances. This runs from the end of the TF-1 motorway currently terminating at Adeje (about 10 minutes from Club Olympus) up to Chio.
Interestingly, parts of the next "Fast and Furious 6" film were made on this stretch of virgin motorway in the last few weeks. Click here to see a report and movie scenes taken in Tenerife!
To get to Chio on the road to Masca, normally takes about 30 minutes. The new motorway will deliver travellers there in about 3 or 4 minutes.
Here below are the Northern exits heading towards the village of Santiago del Teide. The tunnels are roughly one point seven kilometers long.
Obviously, financial constraints due to the current crisis have slowed things down. We spoke to an engineer working on the project and he told us that there is no current completion date for the project. Pictured below is the beginning of the motorway from the Northern tunnels heading toward Santiago Del Teide.
The next stage is a longer tunnel from Santiago Del Teide to Garachico/ Icod. Mining that tunnel has begun and we will bring you news of that as and when we get it.