Transport for the North (TfN) has said that the proposed new road tunnel between South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester could be shorter than originally envisaged.
The shortened tunnel is part of proposals put forward under a draft Strategic Transport Plan which will be published for public consultation in January.
The plan will identify seven corridors where transport improvement is needed to allow economic growth. The Trans-Pennine Tunnel is one of the key road corridors, along with a number of rail routes.
TfN has said that it is working with Highways England and the Department for Transport to explore “how a revised proposal for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel could provide better value for money and deliver enhanced benefits”.
Part of this cost-cutting exercise would involve a shorter tunnel combined with major upgrades to the Woodhead Pass route and new road links to the east of Sheffield.
TfN has said that environmental considerations are the main concern with the project.