Updated: Jan 30
What would you say if your friends invited you for a 'road trip' from London to New York by car? You would probably think that they are kidding you but if you believe the Russian Railways, it is a very likely situation.
According to The Siberian Times, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a plan to build a trans-Siberian highway. The planned route would run from London in the west of Europe via Moscow and Siberia and the Bering Sea to Alaska and continue to New York on the east coast of the United States.
The ambitious project was presented at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
Called the Trans-Eurasian Development Ring, the project plans the construction of a large road that would go along with the existing Trans-Siberian Railway which will be rebuilt, as well as oil and gas pipelines.
"This is an international and inter-civilization project that will represent the future of the world with advanced technologies" Yakunin said.
A highway would run across Russia connecting existing road systems in western Europe and Asia. Otherwise, the distance between Russia's eastern and western borders is about ten thousand kilometers.
Yakunin says the road will connect Russia with North America via Russia's Far East Chukot Autonomous District, cross the Bering Strait and 'land' in Alaska in Nome, known for its Iditarod dog sled race.
It is still unknown how the road should skip the sea between the two continents, but there are a few options - ferry, tunnel…
The shortest travel distance between Alaska and Russia is 88 kilometers.
The total length of the planned Trans-Siberian highway, from London to Alaska, would be 12,978 kilometers, and if the infrastructure were built to the very end, the distance would be 20,777 kilometers to New York.
The cost of this spectacular project is estimated to be spectacular - more billions of dollars.
Edit: Sanja Paic
Translation: Marela Sopta