Highways England have today stated there is a strong strategic case for what could potentially be the world’s longest tunnel and Europe’s largest civil engineering project in the past 30 years.

Alan Shepherd, Highways England North-west regional director hopes government will green light the project next month. 

Much focus has been put on East/West connectivity across the Northern Powerhouse with the proposed Trans Pennie road improvements and the potential HS3 rail development seen as a much needed solution for the regions economic development.