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London to New York City by car?
It could happen if the head of Russian Railways has his way.
According to a March 23 report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America.
Dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), the project calls for a major roadway to be constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, along with a new train network and oil and gas pipelines.
"This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project," the Siberian Times quoted Yakunin. "The project should be turned into a world 'future zone,' and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies."
originally posted by: Elton
An ambitious idea, I imagine it would encourage trade between the two superpowers.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
a reply to: Elton
Two things that came to mind. How much will be dumped into the oceans by motorists over the next 50 years and what are their expectations? What would drivers do in case of a emergency? Icy roads, a hurricane or even a tsunami. In theory it seems only like a decent idea. In practice it could be far worse.
Russia has been talking about militarizing the Arctic for years as part of its greater strategy to explore and industrialize the pristine region, which is wealthy in oil and gas and offers a strategic trade route capable of rerouting the global trade flows.
The locations named by Gordeyev are deep into the Arctic circle in the Chukchi Sea, close to Alaska. President Vladimir Putin in April stepped up his commitment to the region, calling for the creation of a unified command structure to coordinate military operations in the Arctic and create a new government entity to execute Russia's policy in the region.
originally posted by: r0xor
a reply to: Elton
Considering the current tensions between the two parties,
I'd feel sorry for the citizens of either country who had to deal with that border crossing, lol.
But I don't see either side going for it. It could've probably been done a long time ago and hasn't on purpose.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
I don't see this being popular with drivers. Thousands of miles across 'no where' Russia. And the cost of gas and motels and wear on the car would be hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Why not just spend those hundreds of dollars to fly over the 'middle of nowhere' in just a few hours ??