Russian Railways have announced a new plan to build a link between London and Alaska. That is going to be one hell of a road.
They’re calling it a ‘Trans-Eurasian corridor’, featuring a highway, a high-speed railway, oil and gas pipelines and electricity and water services.
I thought at first it meant by going across the Atlantic… Derp. But no, it’s 12,400 miles across Europe and Asia, until it crosses the water at the Bering Strait over to Alaska.
The plan is link it to existing major European and Asian transport networks, with the belief that it will make Russia a world leader in technological development.
Head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, said:
This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project. It should be an alternative to the current [neo-liberal] model, which has caused a systemic crisis. The project should be turned into a world ‘future zone’, and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.
Apparently, the project is going to cost in the trillions.
It’ll be one hell of a road trip though!