Northern Arc scheme wins magnetic levitation competition

The Northern Arc proposal led by Ryder Architecture and Arup has been selected as one of ten winners in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, a competition to see where pod-based high-speed transport systems could be implemented.

The Hyperloop concept came from Tesla founder Elon Musk in 2013 and 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

A test track is under development in Nevada and could be operational by the end of this year, with a European teat track to follow should proof of the engineering concept be established.

The Northern Arc looks to link the key centres of the north of England and those of the Scottish central belt in a loop that would allow passengers to travel from Liverpool to Glasgow in a little over 45 minutes. This would effectively create a pan-Northern city region, with a population in excess of 10m people.

Paul Bell, partner at Ryder said, “We are hugely excited to be selected to collaborate with Hyperloop One on this transformational proposal. Hyperloop One are progressing the proof of concept work in Nevada at an incredible pace.

“The north gave the world railway technology and we are passionate about making sure the north is at the forefront of the next generation of transport innovation, developing skills, expertise and system components that will be exported around the world.”

Should the project progress, the intention is for it to work alongside other transport improvements. Martin Butterworth, director at Arup, said: “Progress in infrastructure and connectivity is intrinsic to the economic success of the UK.

“We need to be investing in current technologies to meet our transport needs today and into the future. But it is important also to be able to imagine where we need to be in the next 50, 75 or even a hundred years.”

Northern Arc was one of nine schemes shortlisted to be the European partner in June, and one of two to win through, the other being the North-South Connector between London and Edinburgh.

Of the other winners, four routes are in the US, two in India, and one eah in Canada and Mexico.

Further details of the next phases for the winning programmes will be released over the coming months.

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Could be implemented. Is there any point to this?

By Elephant

Will my ‘ Get Me There’ ticket be valid on this?

By Flash Gordon

Now that’s more like it!

Visionary, pioneering and exciting; that’s where we should be.

I hope I see this in my lifetime.

By .

Would be great if it works and unite the North, I bet though obtaining the land and facing opposition from various groups, as is the norm now might be a little difficult?

By Man on bicycle

Will one be able to interconnect with the other route Edinburgh to London? Could make HS2 less attractive!

By Liverpolitis

This government is incapable of funding a 30 mile electrification between Leeds and Manchester.Does anyone think they will fund this.There may be one built between London Victoria and Brighton.This would be great between Liverpool and Manchester.

By Elephant


By Schwyz

Isn’t this privately funded?

By Seat by the Window

What capacity will this have per hour to make it an effective transport system for mass movement or will it be just for the few? If it is the former it could be a game changer for how the centre of the North is perceived.

By Seat by the window

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