Bran­son’s Hyper­loop prom­ises Lon­don to Scot­land in 45 min­utes

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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 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.

“Virgin has been known for in­vest­ing in and cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies over the years, and I look for­ward to mak­ing his­tory to­gether as we bring Hyper­loop to the world as Virgin Hyper­loop One.”

Sir Richard, who is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing com­mer- cial space travel through Virgin Galac­tic, went on: “Virgin Hyper­loop will be able to trans­port peo­ple from Lon­don to Scot­land in 45 min­utes.

“I have a funny feel­ing that I’ll get a lot of sat­is­fac­tion from peo­ple say­ing it’s trans­formed their lives.”

Trains between Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh cur­rently take around four hours and 20 min­utes, with flights last­ing one hour and 20 min­utes.

Hyper­loop One is in the early stages of mak­ing the tech­nol­ogy com­mer­cially vi­able af­ter com­plet­ing a full-scale test in Las Ve­gas. Sci­en­tists have mea­sured nos­tal­gia for the first time by show­ing how places that stir up mem­o­ries af­fect the brain.

A group of 20 vol­un­teers un­der­went mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing (MRI) brain scans while look­ing at pho­tos of lo­ca­tions that meant some­thing to them or im­por­tant ob­jects.

The mean­ing­ful places trig­gered a far stronger re­sponse in the brain than per­sonal ob­jects, such as wed­ding rings.

Lead sci­en­tist Dr Andy My­ers, from the Univer­sity of Sur­rey, said: “For the

Sir Richard Bran­son

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