Russia wants to create the ultimate road trip – a road from London to New York.
Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has announced a plan to create an “inter-state, inter-civilisation project” that would connect Great Britain to Alaska via Russia.
Named the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), the project would see the construction of a massive roadway alongside the existing Trans-Siberian railway, including a new rail network, oil and gas pipelines, as well as water and electricity.
The existing rail network runs 9,259 kilometres across Russia and has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916. It has connecting branches into Mongolia, China and North Korea.
The new road would connect Russia with North America via Russia’s Chukotka region, over the Bering Strait and into Alaska’s Seward Peninsula near the town of Nome.
There is currently no road connecting Nome with the rest of Alaska’s highway system. A road would also need to be built to connect Nome across the barren landscape to its closest major city, Fairbanks, Alaska. The U.S. would need to be on board with the project to build the 836 kilometre road.
Once in Fairbanks, Canada and 48 U.S. states are available by road, making the ultimate road trip a possibility. The theoretical trip from London to New York would be 20,777 kilometres and would be an awe-inspiring but lengthy journey.
The major obstacle to the project taking off is the trillions of dollars it would cost to complete. Yakunin claims the huge economic returns would more than make up for the gigantic cash expenditure, however, his report had no details regarding the issue.
The construction would create thousands of jobs and lead to the possible creation of new cities in otherwise uninhabited areas.
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