Britain's longest road tunnel could feature palm trees

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The Telegraph reports that the proposed 18 mile road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield under the Peak District National Park could be equipped with artificial palm trees, grassy verges and fake clouds in an attempt to overcome drivers developing "claustrophobia, disorientation and tiredness".

This follows work carried out in the Zhongnanshan Tunnel in China and the Lærdal Tunnel in Norway to overcome these issues, although the fake trees and grass as used in the Chinese example would probably need too much cleaning to be practical. In the Norwegian tunnel, lighting is used to mimic a sunrise using blue and yellow lighting.

It would be interesting to see if other innovative ITS features could be deployed to add to the experience.

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Britain's longest road tunnel could feature palm trees