Bran­son backs Lon­don tube to Scot­land

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Sir Richard Bran­son has in­vested in a hy­per­loop firm he says will trans­port pas­sen­gers be­tween Lon­don and Scot­land in 45 min­utes. His Vir­gin Group has formed a part­ner­ship with Los An­ge­les-based Hy­per­loop One, de­vel­op­ing a method of pro­pel­ling pas­sen­gers and freight in pods through low pres­sure tubes at high speed.

Vir­gin de­scribed it as “the world’s most rev­o­lu­tion­ary train ser­vice”. The com­pany will be re­branded Vir­gin Hy­per­loop One and Sir Richard will join the board.

It is aim­ing to achieve speeds of up to 670mph and have “op­er­a­tional sys­tems” ready by 2021. Sir Richard said: “I am con­vinced this ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy will change trans­porta­tion as we know it and dra­mat­i­cally cut jour­ney times.”

Trains be­tween Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh now take about four hours and 20 min­utes; flights last an hour and 20 min­utes.

The hy­per­loop con­cept was launched by the Tesla boss Elon Musk in Au­gust 2013, though he is not as­so­ci­ated with Hy­per­loop One.

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