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29/07/2015

Contract awarded for Trans-Pennine viability study

Words: Laura Edgar

Plans for a Trans-Pennine tunnel better connecting Sheffield and Manchester are to undergo a viability test.

Mouchel/Hyder has been a awarded £1.3 million contract to assess the viability of improving connections between Sheffield and Manchester by building a road tunnel through the Peak District.

The project was initially announced in November 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference.

The study was commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North. Established by Chancellor George Osborne to bring Northern transport authorities together, it is one of a number of studies that, according to the government, will help identify solutions to tackle congestion and act as "an enabler of economic growth”.

Road minister Andrew Jones said: “It is just one of the steps this government is taking to ensure working people across the country benefit from our investment in better transport.”

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