I want to be a hyperlooper

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To many, travelling is part of the fun of holidaying. To me, I just want to get to where I am going. But I quite fancy becoming a hyperlooper if that is what you would call someone who travels on a hyperloop.

For those of you don’t keep up to date with our ever-changing travel possibilities, the hyperloop is an idea dreamed up by the American entrepreneur behind Paypal, Elon Musk. Frustrated maybe by the length of time it takes to fly, drive or train from San Francisco to Los Angeles – a distance of 380 miles – he has suggested an alternative. The only problem is that he hasn’t time to develop the idea into a reality. He has his electric cars, space rockets and solar businesses to look after.

Being known from my technical skills I could take up the challenge but, alas, I am also busy writing articles on new transport opportunities and things like that so someone needs to step up to the plate and take this on. Apart from the potential trips into space, there hasn’t been anything new in travel since the bullet train or the jump jet. (which never went as far as a passenger possibility, more’s the pity.)
So Musk’s idea is of a tube with a vacuum in it. A pod, into which would lounge as though you were on a reclining garden chair, would be operated by magnets and powered by solar energy which would whoosh you from one end to the other. That’s sort of the technical explanation, give or take.

The journey would take 30 minutes to go between the two cities and Musk estimates the cost at £3.9 billion. Come on, Patrick McLoughlin, we could have ten for the price of HS2. And we wouldn’t need 10. Imagine London to Edinburgh in 30 minutes at just below the speed of sound. Step forward the department of transport. We should develop the hyperloop because of the benefits and fun we could have. It wouldn’t just be a travel method; it could be a tourist attraction in its own right. Its environmentally sound, takes up less space than a railway, will remove planes from Heathrow meaning no third runway because we wouldn’t need domestic flights and we could use a fraction of the HS2 money to develop it.

Seems like a win-win or whoosh-whoosh answer to me.

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