Astronomical Expense

Putting context to the price with key infrastructure and operational comparisons.


In the six years it took to build the Channel Tunnel (Eurotunnel) to link the UK to France, Americans spent 1.66 Trillion Dollars in road crashes.

Construction of the Channel Tunnel exceeded the projected budget by a whopping 80%, arriving at a final cost of about 7.1 billion USD. The scale of the budget busting final figure caused a lot of friction. Although it seems a mere trifling small change amount compared to what we are bleeding in on going road crash costs.

In 2014 the BBC reported that the company that operates Eurotunnel set a 500 million euro earnings target for 2015. So whilst the outlook for the Channel Tunnel is looking profitable, the same cannot be said for American investments in road crashes.

To quote from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

“The total includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the USA – and $594 billion in societal harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life because of injuries.”