Branson backs 670mph train system
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