Moving Forward With Transportation That Saves Our Planet

Grand Northern Group Ltd was formed with the aim of developing very low carbon or zero emissions technology and associated projects.

Grand Northern was started by a group of like minded business people and engineers who are frustrated with the lack of action in dealing with the potentially catastrophic impact of Global Green House Gas emissions and other products of combustion.

We see this activity as an existential threat to the Planet, not only to human life, but to all life on Earth.

Whilst in our search for sustainable energy, we must not only identify the Green aspects of any solution, the economic benefits must also be in abundance in order to ensure a viable return on investment

The Woodhead Railway Line – Rolling Highway

The primary objective of Grand Northern is to re-instate the Woodhead Railway line, which was closed for rail traffic in 1981. With the construction of this new Trans-Pennine Corridor we will have quick, safe, reliable, non polluting and cost effective alternative to using the heavily congested M62 and A628/A616 single carriageway trunk roads.

Our aim is to use low floor wagons hauled by electric locomotives to carry lorries with their drivers over the Pennines between the cities of Manchester and Sheffield. This is a mode of transport which has proved to be extremely successful in Alpine regions of Europe and of course through the Channel Tunnel. The safety record across all of these services is second to none and Grand Northern intend to emulate this with our own Piggyback service here in the North of England.

The new Woodhead Railway will also be able to accommodate additional East – West Coast links  comprising Intermodal Freight and Intercity Passenger Services.