Hyperloop One, a giant futuristic tube that plans to transport passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 700mph for long distances, has proposed nine routes connecting more than a dozen countries in Europe including three routes connecting Scotland with England and Wales.
Passengers and cargo would be transported in a pod — and through electric momentum the pods would use magnetic levitation to glide through the tube at rapid speed.
The high speed transport system — the brainchild of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk — is still in its testing phase.
One of the routes includes a 658-mile link starting in Glasgow and making its way south via Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cambridge, London, Oxford and Bristol before terminating in Cardiff. The entire journey would take just 89 minutes.
Other routes include one from Edinburgh to London taking only 50 minutes with stops in Manchester and Birmingham.
A shorter route from Liverpool to Glasgow would take 47 minutes with stops in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Proposed routes would connect more than 75 million people in 44 cities, spanning 5,000 kilometers and is dubbing itself “broadband for transportation.”
Hyperloop One co-founder and executive chairman Shervin Pishevar said: “Our vision is to, one day, connect all of Europe with our Hyperloop One system, networking the entire continent.”
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said: “For Europe, Hyperloop One technology is complementary to existing highways, rails, ports and overall infrastructure.
“Hyperloop One will offer Europe’s transport grid with an option that is more efficient, greener, on-demand and faster.”
Hyperloop One co-founder and President of Engineering Josh Giegel said: “Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully functioning Hyperloop system test track.
“For the last two years, our team of nearly 200 engineers, technicians and fabricators developed our technology and transformed a stretch of desert in the U.S. into a working test track that proves we can build a Hyperloop system anywhere in the world.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the perfect region for one of the world’s first Hyperloop systems.”