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Published on June 12th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Hyperloop One Reveals Its Plans For Europe …

June 12th, 2017 by  

Following its earlier city-level proposals competition in Europe, Hyperloop One has now revealed the candidate shortlist produced by that competition. The shortlist includes the proposals that were/are both economically and technically feasible.

So, what exactly are the potential Hyperloop routes included on the shortlist? There 3 situated in the UK — with one being a North-South route, one a pan-Northern route, and one being a Wales-Scotland route. There’s also a route covering much of Germany, and there are various shorter routes throughout the continent.

Notably, several of the routes would include water crossings — which could potentially result in some difficulties and/or higher development costs. I would guess, therefore, that such routes (the ones involving water crossings) won’t be amongst the ones that get developed in the short term — despite being on the short list. After all, why take unnecessary risks when deploying a new technology for the first time? It would seem far more prudent to select one of the relatively simple-to-develop routes as the starter.

Engadget provides a basic overview of the shortlist routes:

  • Corsica–Sardinia — 451 km
  • Estonia–Finland — 90 km
  • Germany — 1,991 km
  • Poland — 415 km
  • Spain–Morocco — 629 km
  • The Netherlands — 428 km
  • UK North–South Connector — 666 km
  • UK Northern Arc — 545 km
  • UK Scotland–Wales — 1,060 km

There are certainly some interesting possibilities there. Personally, I’d be inclined (if I was a Hyperloop One exec) to focus on the routes most likely to attract the attention of business travelers — probably the only people who will be willing to pay the premium that Hyperloop travel will likely entail in exchange for a shorter travel time.


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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