Monthly Archives: July 2015


Wisbech passes latest Business Case Hurdle

The production of an outline business case (GRIP2) has allowed local stakeholders to unlock funding for further studies, which includes a detailed business case and option selection. The costs for reopening the line between March and Wisbech have been estimated between £70m and £111m. The strongest business case is for two trains per hour with a railway station in central Wisbech.

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Transpennine Road Rail Tunnel Link Study Starts

A £1.3million contract to has been awarded to a Mouchel/Hyder joint venture to assist Highways England with a further study on the viability of a Trans-Pennine Tunnel as identified in the Roads Investment Strategy.

This strategic study, one of a number of studies which will help identify solutions to tackle congestion and act as an enabler to economic growth has been commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for the North (TfN). It will investigate the strategic and economic case for a new high-standard highway route between Manchester and Sheffield, including assessing the potential opportunities of combining with a rail or light rail link. It is anticipated that the new route will cross the Pennines and the Peak District National Park by means of a road tunnel which will extend for several miles in length.

The purpose of this tender is for the provision of professional services to help carry our further study work prior to the options stage so the viability of the proposed Trans Pennine Tunnel can be fully understood.