A proposal to build a tunnel through the Peak District, linking Sheffield and Manchester, should be looked at according to the area's MP. South Yorkshire MP Angela Smith said Barnsley businessman Tony Hickton's idea to improve transport links would need to provide value for money.
Mr Hickton said current routes between the two cities were not good enough.
He said a road and rail tunnel from around junction 36 of the M1 to the M67 would boost the economy.
The Penistone and Stocksbridge Labour MP said: "The economic impact of improving the link between Sheffield and Manchester shouldn't be underestimated."You can't put motorways through national parks, we've got to protect those very precious landscapes."If you stand above the Woodhead Pass and look down on it and see all those HGVs, it's a real blight on that beautiful landscape, and anyone who uses the road knows how difficult it is to use."So clearly there has to be a solution somewhere along the line to this problem."
Mr Hickton, from construction inspection company Hickton, said it could be built using a mixture of private and state funding. He added: "These tunnels won't be built tomorrow, but if we don't press the button now, we'll never be ready, so why not now?" BBC News
Interesting idea, and far far better than building a bypass and motorway, but I would imagine a scheme involving such a wide and long tunnel would be phenomenally expensive. It also would funnel a lot of traffic onto the M67 which would end up in Denton, this would undoubtedly have some Denton residents up in arms because of increased levels of pollution. Somehow I can't see this proposal getting off the ground - but time will tell! Tameside Citizen.