Russian Railways Proposes Superhighway That Could Link Europe, US

Russian Railways Proposes Superhighway That Could Link Europe, US

A Russian Railways official has proposed plans to build a superhighway and rail line extending across the Russian north and the Bering Strait to Alaska, according a report in The Siberian Times on Monday.

The Trans-Eurasian belt Development (TEPR) would stretch 20,000km linking the Pacific with the Atlantic and was presented at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Science by the head of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin.

Reported in The Siberian Times, the huge transportation route would span the entire length of Russia and include major roads, a new train network, pipelines for oil and gas and the laying of facilities for electricity and water supplies.

If the idea is successful, it is expected to create 10 to 15 new industries, new cities, new jobs and aid development of Siberia and the Far East.

Said to require trillions of dollars to construct, Vladimir Fortov, the Head of the Russian Academy of Science, said the project was “very ambitious and expensive”, but necessary to connect the cities and towns dotting the huge landmass.

“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.

“The idea is that basing on the new technology of high-speed rail transport we can build a new railway near the Trans-Siberian Railway with the opportunity to go to Chukotka and Bering Strait and then to the American continent.”

It would be the first ever modern route to connect the east coast of Russia with the US with plans for the road to cross the Bering Sea that separates the landmasses of Asia and North America.