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Hyperloop One: from Edinburgh to London in 50 minutes

Chloe Henderson


Hyperloop One Test Track

Hyperloop One is proposing a 50 minute trip from Edinburgh to London as one of three UK routes being considered for the speed-transport technology. The routes were announced as part of the company’s “global challenge,” which would see the construction of nine Hyperloop tracks across Europe.

The journey would cut the travel time between the two capitals to just 50 minutes, beating the current shortest journey time by half-an-hour. It takes one hour and 20 minutes to make the trip by plane, and seven and a half hours by car.

Routes connecting Liverpool to Glasgow, and Glasgow to Cardiff have also been shortlisted by Hyperloop One and a panel of advisors.

The company is one of several competing to make use of Tesla boss Elon Musk’s technology, and has recently completed the construction of its it’s first, two-mile test track in Nevada. Other organisations looking to bring the technology to life include Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, who have already signed agreements with Slovakia and the Czech Republic (Czechia) to build a Hyperloop between the two countries’ capitals.

The 9 European routes under consideration are:

  • Corsica-Sardinia, 280 miles
  • Estonia-Finland, 56 miles
  • Germany, 1237 miles
  • Poland, 258 miles
  • Spain-Morocco, 391 miles
  • The Netherlands, 266 miles
  • UK-North-South-Connector, 414 miles
  • UK-Northern Arc, 339 miles
  • UK-Scotland-Wales, 659 miles

By connecting the cities, Hyperloop One hope to transform transportation across the continent and promote economic unification. Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman said:

“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. Our vision is to, one day, connect all of Europe with our Hyperloop One system, networking the entire continent.”

With Hyperloop technology, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod rides above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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