New 8,400 Mile Train Route Will Link Tokyo to London

Yep, you read that right. If plans go ahead, you will be able to take a train all the way from Tokyo to London.

Cross-continental rail link

An ambitious plan by the Russian government would see the formation of a continuous rail network between the Land of the Rising Sun and Great Britain.

The  current terminus of the Trans-Siberian railway would be connected to the Japanese island of Hokkaido, via a 28 mile long bridge that would cross the East Sea.

The Trans-Siberian line currently crosses Russia, taking passengers between Vladivostok in the East to Moscow in the West in approximately 6 days.

The new road and rail connection would be a joint venture between Japan and Russia.

'We are seriously offering Japanese partners to consider the construction of a mixed road and railway passage from Hokkaido to southern part of Sakhalin,' Russia's first vice-premier Igor Shuvalov said, as reported by the Siberian Times.

Japan would become a 'continental state,' he said. 'Given modern technologies, it is not even that expensive.'

Image: Siberian Times

With the new connections, passengers could then connect to the European rail network from Moscow, reach Britain via the Eurostar, and conceivably continue through London all the way up to Scotland.

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