It would be arrogant for Grand Northern to believe that this project will be the ultimate panacea to all our Trans – Pennine transport woes. However, we do feel that it’s a start and a means of bringing some much needed regional investment. We also except that some people will be dead against the idea of trains replacing their bridle paths and running close to their homes. However, we will do our utmost to ensure the well being of those affected by the construction and future operation of the New Woodhead Railway Line. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Grand Northern Railway Project

Would the Woodhead tunnel be capable of accommodating the height of lorries?

In single configuration there would be no problem, but this would restrict expansion and prevent other rail traffic from using the route. Grand Northern plan therefore to lower the track bed through the tunnel by 700 mm to allow twin tracks and a maximum lorry height of 4.86M.

How will the viaducts along the route cope with the weight of the Rolling Stock, which will be far heavier than the current passenger trains using the line?

The weight will be spread over 8 axles not 4 as was the case with the much heavier coal carrying trains using the route prior to its closure. By spreading the weight over 8 axles, the maximum per axle would be 8.25 T not 10T as was the case with the old Coal Wagons.

Wouldn’t using Bredbury and Tinsley locations for Grand Northern’s Roll on Roll off terminals just bring more HGV traffic to the surrounding communities

Grand Northern plan to have a seamless transition between Motorway and Railway. The junctions at either end are next to industrial areas which are some distance from the nearest communities. As much as 90% of the HGV traffic that clogs up the communities of Hollingworth, Mottram, Tintwistle and Gee Cross, which lie at the end the M67 motorway, will be removed, The new railway would also bring much needed jobs and prosperity to the North of England.

How is the project going to be funded?

Grand Northern have a robust business case and are confident that the entire project can be funded privately. That is at effectively no direct cost to the tax payer. Any revenue through grant subsidy will be refunded annually through taxation of profits

What will happen to the Bridleways that resulted from the closure of the line?

Grand Northern intend to create new Bridleways alongside the re-instated railway line. We would welcome the input of current users who wish to get involved with the desogn of the new paths.  

How Can Grand Northern Be Compared To The Roll On Roll Off Facilities Used On The Continent To Cross The Alps And The Channel?

Whilst not rising to anywhere to near the same altitude as the alps, the Pennines are still considered to be a major obstacle to overcome.

Take the Eurotunnel example. There are many ways of crossing the channel with numerous ferry crossings, but few ways of crossing the Pennines, hence the massive congestion problems. The Woodhead route is 40 miles long and in many ways similar to Eurotunnel. However, a new 30 mile long tunnel through the Pennines is not the answer. Woodhead in our view is the answer in that in effect the route has already been excavated.