UK Northern Arc Hyperloop route proposal
The proposed Northern Arc route for Hyperloop One would travel between Liverpool and Glasgow in 47 minutes

Magnetic levitation route proposal revealed for North

A proposed route across the North has been unveiled by Ryder Architecture and Arup for Hyperloop One, a pod-based mode of transport using magnetic levitation to propel passengers and cargo at airline speeds through a tube.

The Northern Arc proposal, supported by KPMG and local government, was revealed as one of nine shortlisted routes in Europe as part of Hyperloop One’s Global Design Challenge.

Hyperloop One, a concept created by Tesla founder Elon Musk in 2013, uses magnetic levitation to lift pods above the track and gradually accelerate them using electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. Due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag, the pods can glide at more than 1,200km per hour for long distances, with high energy efficiency per passenger mile.

Using Hyperloop One technology, the Northern Arc route could connect 10.4m people in a 545km arc from Liverpool to Glasgow with a total journey time of 47 minutes.

The proposed route would cover Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. It is estimated that Liverpool to Manchester would take six minutes.

The plans include the creation of an integrated Northern Arc airport across the cities, meaning passengers could check in at Liverpool and fly from Glasgow. Extensions are proposed to Aberdeen, Belfast and Hull to connect all the major ports in the North, with a vision of transforming domestic distribution and significantly reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

The aim was to produce a co-ordinated, government-backed, deliverable proposal to connect Scotland with the Northern Powerhouse partners, creating a super region and showcasing the North of England as a global leader of transport innovation.

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The route would create an integrated Northern Arc airport, with terminals and cross-city check-ins across the cities

It is hoped that a test track in Nevada will provide proof of the engineering concept by the end of 2017. A test track is planned for Europe in 2021.

The winning engineering and design partner for Hyperloop One in Europe is due to be announced over the coming months, with the competition having begun in May 2016. The other shortlisted entries in the UK are a North-South Connector from London to Edinburgh which would take 50 minutes, and a Scotland-Wales route from Glasgow to Cardiff via Nottingham and Cambridge which would take 89 minutes.

The six other entries on the European shortlist are for Germany, The Netherlands and Poland, Estonia-Finland, Spain-Morocco and Corsica-Sardinia, the latter three of which include underwater sections.

Northern Arc is the only shortlisted proposal to be led by an architectural practice. The exact breakdown of route coverage has not yet been announced, and the team faces engineering challenges to adapt the technology to the geography of the region, but the team urge that this is “not futuristic but the future of transport over the coming few years”.

The Northern Arc route team has engaged with the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Port of Tyne and Newcastle City Council.

Costings are currently being finalised but as a business-led collaboration the team is optimistic about the commercial and economic viability and opportunities the route would bring.

Paul Bell, partner at Ryder Architecture, said, “Northern Arc is more than a Hyperloop route – it is the economic region that the Northern Powerhouse should be and we’re excited to be involved in this pioneering opportunity.”

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If this was to happen, it would be a real game changer for the whole of the region. I would like Liverpool Airport to be included though and not just use Liverpool as a “check in”for other areas benefits?
Have they forgot to include us?

By Man on bicycle

Where is the final destination for this,Cloud cuckoo land? Like the tunnel linking Manchester with Sheffield and HS3,a likely story.

By Elephant

If thats operational in the next 40 years then I’ll eat my own shoes

By Alan Partridge

@Elephant, probably at the HQ of the DUP?

By Democrayee

HS3 starting at Liverpool

By Livercool

This isn’t needed, build HS2 from Manchester & Leeds down to London. There’s no point building rail across the north as there isn’t much time saved and it’s quicker / easier to drive anyway.

By Martin

Wonderful Idea; what a statement it would be for the north and for Scotland!!
This would be worth investing in, unfortunately, HS 2/3 are out of date before they have even been approved.
This would connect a lot more than 10 million, northern populations would boom if this kind of commitment to infrastructure was provided.

By .

@Martin, you’re having a laff…and what about the rest of the North?

By Motorway queuer

Hover board cars?

By Dave S

By . you are absolutely right. HS2 is old technology even now, never mind in 20 yrs time if/when it’s ever built! This is already proposed for Dubai and they are already underway with building the test site in Las Vegas. Far better to be considering something like this before committing to investing billions and billions in the HS2 fiasco.

By Raptor

Build HS3 from Liverpool to Leeds via Manchester and Manchester Airport. Build HS2 from Manchester to Glasgow via Preston Lancaster and Carlisle and build HS2 to Edinburgh via York and Newcastle from Leeds.It really isn’t that hard to work out.For Scotland to not be on HS2 is ridiculous.In time they could build lines to Cardiff through Bristol from London and from Bristol to Birmingham.Then all our cities of size are linked.The Cardiff to London line could stop at Heathrow.Then the whole country would be linked to Eurostar.Let us have some ambition from Westminster for once.

By Elephant

Mono-rail Mono-rail Mono-rail…

By let's do it

Liverpool is high priority due to its ever expanding Port and cruise terminal vital for the the North and the UK whilst they keep whinging and being greedy in Manchester theNorth will never expand -FACT

By Isaac

For get the likes of Leeds and Manchester they are to much worried about Liverpool and are afraid that history is about to repeat itself -well it wiill

By Isaac

Our Clara designed something like this at school a while back…..

By Jack Mack

reminds me of the Simpsons episode where the monorail comes to town!!!

By Darren Owen

@Martin…. you sir are a fool. Carlisle to Edinburgh 75mins by train 2hrs by road. Newcastle to Edinburgh 90mins by train 2hrs30 by road. It’s a great idea. Can’t see it happening soon though.

By Sausage

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