Moving Forward With Transportation That Saves Our Planet
Grand Northern Group Ltd was formed 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. As with many other renowned scientists and in particular the legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, we see this activity as an existential threat to the Planet, not only to human life, but to all life on Earth.
Grand Northern’s primary aim is to develop very low carbon or zero emissions technology and associated projects. Whilst in our search for efficient and sustainable energy systems, we have not only identied the Green aspects of any solution, the economic benefits have been found to be in abundance. Consequently our eco concepts are expected to being an excellent return on investment.
In addition to re-opening the Woodhead Railway, we are developing, with our partners, a revolutionary Marine Power System, which we have branded the Super Eco Drive.
The ‘Super Eco Drive’ Marine Power and Propulsion System
The Super Eco Drive will be able to reduce the emissions of diesel powered ships by over 60%. Not only will it be good for our planet, it will be good for our wallets too. We estimate that operating costs will be reduced by over 50% and the performance of the vessel will also be improved when compared with a conventional propulsion system. We can now look forward to a day when Ships entering and leaving port, and sailing in environmentally sensitive waters will be devoid of the black smoke, comprising CO2 and other poisonous diesel carconigens, being emitted by even the most modern sea going vessels. Just like the steam engine before it, we believe the days of the diesel engine are numbered and at Grand Northern we are proud to be at the cusp of this exciting revolution in marine transportation.
The ‘Quantum Loop’ – Manchester to London Underground
Grand Northern are to construct a Maglev line between Manchester and London reducing journey times to well under an hour. We are talking to a major Japanese Railways Company about emulating the Chuo Shinkansen project which will see Maglev trains running between Tokyo and Nagoya at over 500 kM/hr by 2027. We believe we can achieve an efficiency for our own system of well over 90%, which would bring the energy consumption per seat to under 30 Whr/seat km. Not bad considering airlines are at best 200 Whr/Seat km. The line will be 90% underground and use a Tunnel Boring Machine built by Tunnel Engineering Services Ltd, who are based just a few miles from Manchester. Construction costs are likely to be around £60 Billion which will be two thirds the cost of ground HS2, currently estimated to be £86 Billion, not even started and likely to be obsolete by the time it’s complete. As we will be mostly underground, the planning process will be much less onerous and long-winded. To quote the words of the late great Eugene A. Cernan, Commander of Apollo17 and the last man to walk on the moon – “Dream the Impossible and go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. Tell me something you can’t do”. The difference of course is that the Quantum Loop is entirely POSSIBLE!
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.