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 ‘Zero Emissions’ Woodhead Railway Line – Rolling Highway

The primary objective of Grand Northern Railways 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, coaches, buses and even cars with their drivers and passengers 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.

The ‘Zero Emissions’ Woodhead Railway Line – Fast Passenger InterCity Services


Grand Northern Railways will provide frequent fast passenger links of as many as 4 departures per hour between Sheffield and Manchester, calling at Dinting and Penistone stations. The design of the new Railway will be such that we will be able to achieve city to city passenger journey times of under 40 minutes. The strategy would be to have mini hubs at Dinting, nr Glossop, Derbyshire and Penistone, West Yorkshire at the edge of each of the Sheffield and Manchester conurbations. These locations are perfectly positioned as the first stops either side of the Pennines. Dinting would draw in passengers from the communities of Longdendale and Tameside and likewise Penistone would convey, at speed, passenger traffic from the surrounding communities on the eastern side of the Woodhead summit.