Mash-up [ Siberian Times ] Russian Railways has announced a proposal for a Trans-Eurasian belt to span the entire length of Russia and link into existing networks in Europe and Asia. This would create the first ever modern route from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
According to the Russian Academy of Science, the project is ‘very ambitious and expensive’ but will solve many problems in the development of the vast region.
The new high-speed rail will then be positioned for the next project, already under discussion, to connect Chukotka across the Bering Strait to the American continent.
The project also calls for the construction of major roads, pipelines for oil and gas, and the laying of facilities for power, telecom and water supplies. It is expected to generate 10 to 15 new industries, new cities and a huge number of new jobs, as well as further development of Siberia and the Far East.
Russia is the largest country in the world, comprising roughly 1/6th of the world’s land mass. The two most widely separated points in Russia are about 8,000 km (4,971 mi) apart.
The team behind the project say they estimate it will require trillions of dollars but that its economic benefits would far outweigh any cost.
Currently the essential high-speed railway in Russia is simple: from St. Petersburg to Sochi, and from Moscow to Vladivostok.
The current longest continuous road in the world is found in Australia, where Highway 1 runs around the entire country and spans some 9,000 miles.