A futuristic train which has been described as the first major change in transport technology in a century could soon blast passengers from London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes.
The first European Hyperloop track has begun construction, with low-pressure tubes delivered to a Toulouse research facility run by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.
Hyperloop is a planned transport system based on passenger pods travelling through vacuum tubes at breakneck speeds of 500mph and above, designed by a joint team at Tesla and Space X.
The pods will be used to construct a 1,050-foot test system which will come into operation this year, HTT said in a statement.
HTT has yet to confirm European routes for its Hyperloop trains.
It’s been described as the biggest development in land transport in 100 years – and could take passengers from London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes.
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Hyperloop One – one of several companies working with the technology – shortlisted routes in the UK, including Cardiff to Glasgow in 89 minutes.
Glasgow to Liverpool could take just 47 minutes.
Dubai has already signed a deal for a line running from the city-state to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Hyperloop One has completed the first successful test of the passenger pod for its radical transport system.