Highways England has announced that it has awarded a £1.3M contract to a joint venture of Hyder and Mouchel to look at the viability of a Trans-Pennine Tunnel.
The study will look at the feasibility and economic case of creating a “high-standard highway” route across the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield with a tunnel extending for “several kilometres” through the Peak District National Park.
The study will also look at the potential to combine a road route with rail or light rail link.
According to Highways England, this strategic study is one of a number of studies which will help identify solutions to tackle congestion and act as an enabler to economic growth has been commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for the North (TfN).
“As part of our long-term economic plan we are investing a record £13bn in transport for the North and North-East,” said UK roads minister Andrew Jones. Today’s announcement will look at building stronger links between Manchester and Sheffield, meaning more jobs and opportunities for people across the region.
“It is just one of the steps this government is taking to ensure working people across the country benefit from our investment in better transport.”