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This is the interim report for the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study. It outlines the high level case for the Trans-Pennine tunnel road scheme and feasibility of constructing a new road link.
Based on work so far, consultants have concluded that:
objectives for the road scheme align with government policy and there is a case for change as part of developing ambitions for a Northern Powerhouse
constructing a new route between Manchester and Sheffield across the Pennines is technically feasible, although the most effective route options are yet to be considered
operating and maintaining the new road link — a considerable proportion of which could be in-tunnel — presents significant challenges, but is feasible in principle
while early findings are positive, further work needs to be carried out to develop the economic case
Background to the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study
The study was announced as part of the first phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 1) published in December 2014. The RIS 1 and RIS 2 set out a long-term approach to improve England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘strategic road network’).