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The Jersey Airport has served the Bailiwick of Jersey since 1937. It is an international airport situated in the parish of Saint Peter in Jersey.

Prior to 1937, air travel involved a few seaplanes and some biplane airliners which landed on the beach at Saint Aubin. Air schedules were difficult at best, because landing and taking off was directly tied to the tides.

It was planned in 1937 with four grass runways with a concrete centreline. Concrete taxiways were introduced during the Second World War during the occupation of Jersey, as were several hangars. While the hangars are no longer used, there is one Jersey Airlines hangar is still there.

Jersey had two railroad companies: The Jersey Railway, and the Jersey Eastern Railway. The Jersey Railway, which opened in 1870, started out as a standard gauge railway, meaning that the spacing of the rails, measured between the inner faces of the load-bearing rails, is 1,435 mm and 6.0 km long. . Shortly thereafter, in 1884 it was converted to narrow gauge and made longer. That extension made the length of the Jersey Railroad 12.5 km. After years of financial problems, the advent of the automobile industry and buses, this railway line closed in 1936.

During the Nazi occupation, which took place from July of 1940 until the Germans surrendered on May 9, 1945, the German army re-opened the line so they could transport the necessities for their construction of bunkers, tunnels, sea walls, and gun emplacements.

The Jersey Eastern Railroad was a separate railroad which opened in August of 1873. This railway started out a standard gauge railway and remained that way. It began with a train of six carriages which took members of the States of Jersey, along with their wives.

The Jersey Eastern Railroad ran up against the same problems that did the Jersey Railway: In the summer of 1923, bus service began, with the Jersey Motor Transport Company providing that service through the island. The Jersey Eastern tried valiantly to compete, even opening their own bus service in 1926. They went out of business on 1929.

Today, most people get around the island via bus, driving, and bicycling. Driving in Jersey is on the left side.

The focus of this category is on transportation, travel, and how to get around the Bailiwick of Jersey. Informational sites about travel to, from, and within the islands are listed here.

 

 

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