Bran­son backs 670mph train sys­tem

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SIR Richard Bran­son has in­vested in a Hyper­loop firm which he claims will trans­port pas­sen­gers between Lon­don and Scot­land in 45 min­utes.

The bil­lion­aire’s Virgin Group has formed a part­ner­ship with Los An­ge­les-based Hyper­loop One, which is 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 as Virgin

Sir Richard Bran­son in­vested in Hyper­loop firm.

Hyper­loop One and Sir Richard will join the board of di­rec­tors.

It is aim­ing to achieve speeds of up to 670mph and have “op­er­a­tional sys­tems” ready by 2021.

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

Sir Richard went on: “Virgin Hyper­loop will be able to trans­port peo­ple from Lon­don to Scot­land in 45 min­utes.”

Trains between Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh cur­rently take around four hours and 20 min­utes. THE threat of a postal strike in the run up to the Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year is firmly in prospect af­ter a 48-hour walk­out was halted.

The Royal Mail won an in­junc­tion at Lon­don’s High Court to stop the Oc­to­ber 19 walk­out.

But the threat of in­dus­trial ac­tion still re­mains in the run up to Christ­mas.

Com­pany bosses and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers Union must now ex­haust

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