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Plans for a "mega-canal" connecting Northumberland with London have been put forward to the Government by multinational company AECOM.
The idea is to provide water supplies to southern England, but AECOM say it could also solve many transport, power and agricultural problems.
The 24 metre wide waterway would draw water principally from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland and the Lake District in Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow south.
It is estimated that the project could cost £14 billion.
Plans for a huge canal, connecting Northumberland and Cumbria with London, are being drawn up by an American company. The idea is to provide water supplies for the South of England.
The canal would begin by drawing water from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland, and would then go west into Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow further south to Leeds, Birmingham and onto London.
Aecom, the engineering company behind the London 2012 Olympic Park, says it could cost £14billion.