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Hyperloop shortlists three UK routes

Hyperloop

Hyperloop One has unveiled nine routes across Europe, including three in the UK, which have been shortlisted for the revolutionary new technology.

The proposed routes are part of its global challenge which was launched in May 2016 to encourage engineers to develop proposals for the transport system in their region.

Out of the nine, three routes in the UK have been named although details are scant. The UK routes are a 1,060km long Scotland to Wales route, a 545km long Northern Arc and a 666km long North-South Connector. In Europe, it listed lines in Germany, Estonia to Finland, Spain to Morocco, Corsica to Sardinia, The Netherlands and Poland.

Hyperloop One said the routes, which cover 5000km and 44 cities, offered a more efficient, greener, on-demand and faster transport grid.

“Europe embraces new ideas in transportation like no other region in the world and is uniquely positioned to take the next great leap in transportation with Hyperloop One,” said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. “Our vision is to, one day, connect all of Europe with our Hyperloop One system, networking the entire continent.”

The company is currently building a 500m long test track for the new technology in the Nevada desert in the US.

Europe’s first tube to test new Hyperloop technology unveiled in Delft in the Netherlands earlier this week by partners Hardt and contractor Bam. The 30m long, 3.2m in diameter test tube will allow the hyperloop’s important systems to be tested in a vacuum at low speeds. This will include testing the safety, propulsion, gliding and stabilisation of the hyperloop vehicle in the tube.

Hyperloop One co-founder and president of engineering Josh Giegel said: “For the last two years, our team of nearly 200 engineers, technicians and fabricators developed our technology and transformed a stretch of desert in the U.S. into a working test track that proves we can build a Hyperloop system anywhere in the world.

”We’re looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the perfect region for one of the world’s first Hyperloop systems.”

The routes:

RouteRoute length

Corsica-Sardinia

451km

Estonia-Finland

90km

Germany

1,991km

Poland

415km

Spain-Morocco

629km

The Netherlands

428km

UK-North-South Connector

666km

UK-Northern Arc

545km

UK- Scotland-Wales

1,060km

 

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