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Ryder wins international Hyperloop contest

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Ryder and Arup have been named among 10 winners of an international ideas competition for new Hyperloop networks – a largely untested, high-speed passenger transport system

The duo’s Northern Arc proposal for a super-quick link between Liverpool and Glasgow via Newcastle and Leeds was chosen ahead of more than 2,600 rival submissions.

The winning scheme creates a pan-Northern City region of 10 million people by connecting major settlements across the Northern Powerhouse and Scottish Central Belt.

Hyperloop technology was unveiled by Space X and Tesla-founder Elon Musk four years ago, and aims to transport passenger capsules in pneumatic tubes at up to 740 miles per hour.

A prototype is currently being trialled by startup company and contest sponsor Hyperloop One.

Last year, BIG, AECOM and Arup were announced as architectural partners for the test track project, in the Mojave desert, 56km north of Las Vegas. Multimillion Hyperloop systems are also being planned in central Europe and Scandinavia.

Commenting on the contest win, Ryder partner Paul Bell said: ‘We are hugely excited to be selected to collaborate with Hyperloop One on this transformational proposal. Hyperloop One is 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.’

Arup director Martin Butterworth added: ‘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 100 years. We must always look over the next horizon at early-stage technologies that have the potential to improve the lives of generations to come. We believe Hyperloop is one such technology and worthy of further exploration.’

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