'Sydney To Melbourne In Just 55 Minutes'
Sydney and Melbourne could soon just be a 55 minute train ride apart according to Hyperloop One. The company run by Sillicon Valley billionaire, Elon Musk, say its invested in the development of a new high-speed rail network. It says a route between Sydney and Melbourne could serve as a possible testing ground for the proposed lightning-fast travel
The mode of transport called the Hyperloop, is envisioned as a supersonic tubular capsule which would reach speeds of more than 1,000 kilometres per hour along a magnetic track.
The concept has gained interest from all around the world. The company’s vice-president, Alan James, told the Australian, Sydney and Melbourne are on its radar for testing the technology.
“We’re very keen to explore the potential for doing proof of operations in Australia and the reason for that is there’s a clear long-term need for ultra-fast transport on the Australian east coast,” Dr James said.
“Melbourne to Sydney is the third busiest air corridor in the world and we can give you Melbourne downtown to Sydney downtown in 55 minutes.
“So we would be looking, either in NSW or Victoria, or possibly in ACT, to develop the first section of that route, to prove the operation of Hyperloop, to get regulatory approval.”
While the concept is only in the early stages of development, it’s expected the rail would be fully operational at the company’s Nevada desert testing site next year.
“This is not a ‘10 years away story’, this is not a ‘five years away story’, and literally months from now the world will be able to touch, smell and see an operational Hyperloop.”
While the prospect seems pretty magical, there are concerns it could isolate other cities.
“This would change the geography of Australia,” Australian National University sociology senior lecturer David Bissell told news.com.au.
“It’s time-space compression; you increase the speed of a journey and it brings people closer together,’ he continued.
“But bringing Melbourne and Sydney closer will, parallel to this, push other places further away. It will further cement the dominance of these cities, sure, but what about other cities? What about Adelaide, in a state that faces significant challenges economically in Australia?”
Dr Bissell believes the money wold be better spent improving our existing transport systems.