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Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study: updated interim report

Sets out the high level case for the Trans-Pennine tunnel road scheme and the feasibility of constructing a new road link.

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The updated interim report for the Trans-Pennine tunnel study was published in August 2016. It replaces the interim report issued on the 30 November 2015.

In addition to the findings in the first report, outlining the high level case for the Trans-Pennine tunnel road scheme and feasibility of constructing a new road link, it includes further analysis in a number of areas. This includes analysis confirming that routes further north in the study area are the better performing route options.

The report details 5 route options for prioritisation within the next stage of the study. We are conducting further analysis to improve our understanding of the potential routes to assess more fully the potential benefits and impacts of each option.

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’).