This is the stage 3 report for the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study. In addition to the findings in the first 2 reports, outlining the high level case for the trans-Pennine tunnel road scheme, feasibility of constructing a new road link and better performing route options, it includes an initial analysis of the 5 best performing options to improve connectivity between the Manchester and Sheffield areas.
We will conduct further analysis to improve our understanding of these options to assess more fully the potential benefits and impacts.
Background to the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study
The Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study is one of 6 strategic studies that will inform the development of the second phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 2).
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’).