The Idea: London to NY by Train through A Bering Strait tunnel

The Idea: London to NY by Train through A Bering Strait tunnel
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World Architecture News: “It was first mooted as long ago 1905 by Tsar Nicholas II, but this week the Kremlin finally gave the green light for a 65 mile (106 km) tunnel linking Asia and North America, taking the epic project a step nearer reality.

The conference in Yakutsk was hosted by Yegor Borisov the Governor and the project was ratified by President Medvedev’s top officials including Aleksander Levinthal the deputy federal representative for the Russian far East.

It’s been hailed as the greatest railway project of all time but admittedly, there are still a small few details outstanding such as funding to iron out but Russia is determined to pursue its claim to the huge fossil fuel and mineral wealth in the arctic and develop its trading ties with China. Experts forecast that the completed service could carry 3% of the world’s freight and earn £7billion GBP per year. Engineers have said the project could reach break-even in seven years.

A 500 mile, £900m GBP link from the Trans-Siberian railway to Yakutsk is already in construction and will be completed in 2013, nudging towards the Russian goal of a further 2360 miles by 2030. This will provide strategic links from the mineral rich territory in the north to key freight lines in Russia and China.”

Next Big Future: “Some in Russia want it so that Siberia can be developed. Others in Russia think that it would make more sense to develop transportation connections and pipelines to China. The United States has no awareness of it. There is some railwork on the Russia side by it would take to 2030 for the rail to get to the Russian tip of Siberia. So it would be 5-10 years before any tunnel would need to start and for the US and Canada to get on board with developing the North American side. It is ambitious plan to build the world’s longest tunnel under the Bering Strait as part of a transport corridor linking Europe and America via Siberia and Alaska.

The 64-mile (103km) tunnel would connect the far east of Russia with Alaska, opening up the prospect of the ultimate rail trip across three quarters of the globe from London to New York. The link would be twice as long as the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France.
It would create a high-speed railway line, energy links and a fibreoptic cable network. It would also enable two giant hydro plants to be built to supply tens of giga-watts of electricity by 2020 and have some market to supply. However, all of the links seem to make more sense to supply China which has larger growing energy demand. Russia is expected to export 15m tonnes of oil through a recently opened pipeline to China each year during the next two decades – about 300,000 barrels a day.”


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