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How the Hyperloop could transform British transport

Author : RS Components

11 September 2020

How we travel by rail, road, sea or sky is constantly adapting and becoming more effective. In a world where every minute of our day counts, the opportunity to reduce the time we spend travelling to work, to visit far-away friends, family or destinations is unparalleled.

RS Components has analysed what public transport would look like if a future Hyperloop replaced current rail services into London.
 
Said to be faster than trains, safer than cars and less damaging to the environment than aircrafts, a Hyperloop transport system in the UK could significantly change the way we travel. For example, a journey across the country from Edinburgh to London would be cut to just 29 minutes, saving each passenger three hours and 51 minutes. 
 
Some journeys, such as from Nottingham to London, would be 10 times quicker in the future if the UK had a Hyperloop system.
 
The term Hyperloop was first devised in 2012 by Elon Musk, a household name as a technology entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX. What first started off as an idea from Tesla and SpaceX to link Los Angeles and San Francisco, is now on track to be the next great transformation in mass transportation.
 
The futuristic alternative to the regular trains we know today is made up of a system of tubes, in which pods can travel at 95% the speed of sound. To put this into perspective, a journey on the Hyperloop from London to Birmingham would take approximately nine minutes, compared to 83 minutes on the National Rail Service – saving 74 minutes of journey time.
 
Not only would this greatly impact the time spent commuting to work, giving people hours back on their day, but it also makes going on a staycation in the UK more appealing for anyone looking to travel to the beach for a short trip or even just the afternoon. A trip down to Bournemouth coast from London usually takes almost two hours on the National Rail Service, but in the future would only take eight minutes on the Hyperloop.
 
In the 21st century, where our fast-paced lifestyles mean we are more accustomed to seeing faster results, with same-day delivery or the immediacy of texting, there’s no doubt that cutting down travel times is necessary for our future. With the Hyperloop, hours could become just minutes.

However, with new technology also comes change. Big steps will need to be made in order for Brits to be able to utilise this groundbreaking technology, but the results are clear: the British Hyperloop is set to transform travel times as we know them.


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