Superhighway to connect Britain and America
Posted on 28/03/2015

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SUPERHIGHWAY: Britain could be linked with America by road as part of a project to create the world's longest superhighway spanning half the circumference of the globe.

Ambitious plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, are reportedly being considered by Russian authorities. Proposals have been put forward to build the long route from the western edge of Russia to Alaska.

Superhighway

Superhighway
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The proposal, outlined in the Siberian Times, would see the road follow a similar route to the Trans-Siberian railway, through cities such as Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Vladivostok. While roads do currently run across most of Russia, the quality tends to deteriorate the further you travel from Moscow. A new high-speed train line would also be constructed, running alongside the highway, along with pipelines for gas and oil.

The rail network may also be extended to the Chukotka region of Russia and across the Bering Strait to Alaska. This means that overland trips from Britain to the US - via the Channel Tunnel - are a possibility!

The current longest continuous road in the world can be found in Australia, where Highway 1 runs around the entire country for 9000 miles. In Russia the Trans-Siberian Highway network is more than 6,800 miles long, meaning the new road would become the biggest and longest ever built, with additional sections in the west and east.

The idea, which developers hope will help boost tourism and make Russia a global transportation hub, was presented at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Science. According to The Siberian Times, Vladimir Fortov, the Head of the Russian Academy of Science, stated, "The project is very ambitious and expensive, but it will solve many problems in the development of the vast region. It is connected with social programs, and new fields, new energy resources, and so on."

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