Russia has announced big plans for a superhighway that would effectively connect all the continents in the Northern Hemisphere, making it possible to travel from New York westward through Russia and on to London without the need for an airplane or a boat. The exact route hasn’t been determined yet, but what is clear is that a plan such as this would create the largest, longest superhighway on Earth. Specifically, Russia intends to construct a high-speed railway and highway that spans across Russia and Siberia and over the Bering Strait to Alaska.
Since Alaska is already accessible to the rest of the continent via highways, the addition of Russia’s superhighway would serve as a connector, completing the route between east and west. This would allow visitors from Europe and Asia to travel, by car, to nearly any destination they so desired.
Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russia’s state railways, believes that the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TERP) will be a great financial benefit to the world, allowing opportunities for global economic growth.
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European Union leaders have been working on a similar plan to construct a high-speed rail corridor to connect the Baltic states to Western Europe’s existing rail network, which runs through the Channel Tunnel to London. If they are able to move forward, the European and Russian superhighways would make it possible to travel by car between London and Alaska.
Although the U.S. can be easily traversed by car, thanks to the vast network of interstate highways, it lacks the high-speed railways being discussed by other world leaders. President Barack Obama has been unable to overcome opposition to proposals for more high-speed rail corridors across the U.S., so it’s uncertain when (or whether) the States will ever be a part of the practically round-the-globe railway network.
So, who’s up for a road trip from New York to London? Pack your bags!
Via The Independent
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