Benefits of the Rolling Highway

The Rolling Highway would offer clear operative and economic benefits in Trans-Pennine transportation:

  • Non-stop rail link between M1 and M60/M67 linking South Yorkshire with the North West
  • Reduced Trans-Pennine journey times--45 minutes each way at speeds of up to 60 mph, equating to average extra 1 hour vehicle and driver utilisation.
  • Competitive tariff undercutting current costs of using current road link.
  • Up to 5 trains per hour departing every 10 to 15 minutes between 5 am and 9 pm
  • Mandatory rest period for HGV drivers satisfying new Working Time Directive
  • Excluded from “Lorry Based Distance Charging” due 2006
  • Little impact on the environment since land previously developed for rail use
  • Safer - Fewer road accidents as Sbobet HGVs using the Rolling Highway
  • Reduced driver fatigue and stress
  • Little impact on existing rail network as virtually a closed system
  • Less Air Pollution, Less Noise Pollution
  • CO2 greenhouse emission reduced by over 70% or 100,000 Tonnes
  • No transport risks like bad weather, congested roads and accidents
  • Prosperity to the areas surrounding the Translink terminals on either side of the Pennines


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