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Futuristic train could slash journey times to London

The futuristic design is in the early stages of development Credit: MEN

A futuristic trainline being pioneered by a US billionaire could slash journey times between Manchester and London. The Hyperloop would travel at 760 mph and would take travellers to the capital in just eighteen minutes, or to Liverpool in just ten minutes.

Bosses from Transport for the North – which represents councils and transport authorities across the region – say they ‘remain open’ to the Hyperloop and have been studying the experimental technology to gauge its viability.

Its the invention of Elon Musk, head of US firms Tesla and SpaceX. It uses magnetic pods to speed passengers through a network of airless tubes on stilts, to protect against flooding and earthquakes. Passengers would sit in either individual or group pods, which would then be accelerated with magnets.

The Hyperloop was unveiled in 2013 by Mr Musk and remains at an early development stage. So far tests in the Nevada desert have only reached 116mph, but it’s said it could one day reach speeds of 760mph.

Passengers would sit in pods Credit: MEN