New Routes Shortlisted for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel
Published Date: 22nd Aug 2016
Described as the most ambitious road scheme undertaken in the UK for over five decades, the Trans-Pennine Tunnel study started last year. This was a number of projects to be considered aimed at addressing some of the biggest challenges in terms of traffic and journey times. The full study provides solid arguments in favour of the project that will help providing a safer faster and more reliable route.
The tunnel would be a national first and would almost halve journey times between the two cities. All five routes will join the Manchester ring road (M60) to the east of the city and tunnel through to the North of Sheffield joining the M1. Four out of the five options will join on the M67 further east of Manchester
The tunnel will provide an economic boost for both parties, as well as surrounding areas and help to support the government in its quest for a Northern Powerhouse. The link will also reduce traffic through the Peak district National Park and therefore reduce the Co2 emissions in the area.
These plans are to be considered for the next phase of the Road Investment Strategy starting in 2020. Other projects across the country will also be looked at including the A1 east of England and the Cambridge to Oxford Expressway. By the end of this year the economic and strategic cases of all projects will be assessed along with estimated costs.
Trans Pennine Tunnel Proposal
Transport Minister John Hayes said:
“I want people in the north of England to benefit from quicker, more reliable journeys.”
“Today’s study brings us a step closer to building a Trans-Pennine roads tunnel – it would be the most ambitious project since the construction of the first motorways 50 years ago.”
“We are already spending £15 billion on the biggest upgrade to the road network for generations.”
“This next phase is aimed at creating more vital links, creating jobs and opportunities and helping hardworking families across the country feel the benefits of our investment.”