Ed­in­burgh to Lon­don in 45mins

Daily Record - - NEWS - NEIL LANCEFIELD re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

SIR Richard Bran­son has in­vested in the “world’s most rev­o­lu­tion­ary train ser­vice”, which he claims will take pas­sen­gers from Scot­land to Lon­don in 45 min­utes.

His Virgin Group have formed a part­ner­ship with Los An­ge­les-based Hyper­loop One, who are de­vel­op­ing a method of pro­pel­ling pas­sen­gers and freight in pods through low-pres­sure tubes at high speed.

The com­pany will be re­branded Virgin Hyper­loop One and Bran­son will join the board of di­rec­tors.

They are aim­ing to have “op­er­a­tional sys­tems” ready by 2021, achiev­ing speeds of up to 670mph.

Bran­son said: “Af­ter vis­it­ing Hyper­loop One’s test site in Ne­vada and meet­ing their lead­er­ship team this past sum­mer, I am con­vinced this ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy will change trans­porta­tion as we know it and dra­mat­i­cally cut jour­ney times.”

The bil­lion­aire added: “Virgin Hyper­loop will be able to trans­port peo­ple from Lon­don to Scot­land in 45 min­utes.”

Trains from Ed­in­burgh to Lon­don cur­rently take four hours and 20 min­utes.


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