A very ambitious plan for the world’s longest highway could allow drivers run from the UK to the United States on a single road
A very ambitious plan for the world’s longest highway could allow drivers run from the UK to the United States on a single road.
Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin proposed a 12,400-miles (19,955 km) long highway that will use some of the existing roads in Europe. It will also use the 6,200 (9,980 km) miles from the Russia’s road from the west border to east border. A new 55-miles (88 km) road will be built to link Russia to Alaska. The plan also includes a high-speed rail network to link Asia with Europe.
“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project,” Yakunin commented. “It should be an alternative to the current model, which has caused a systemic crisis. The project should be turned into a world 'future zone', and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.”
Siberian Times reports that if the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR) is successful, it could create up to 10 to 15 new industries, new cities and a big number of new jobs. Vladimir Fortov, the Head of the Russian Academy of Science, commented that the “very ambitious and expensive” project “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.”
Currently, the longest road in the world is located in Australia - the Highway 1 that is around 9,000-miles (14,485 km) long.