High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Hyperloop project; and whether they intend to review the HS2 project in the light of this and other expected future technological developments.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport is in discussion with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council to assess the potential for the development of hyperloop technologies in the UK. The Science Advisory Council intends to publish a paper on hyperloop shortly setting out its position on the technical credibility of the concept.

Plans for HS2 are based on proven technologies which enable through services to the existing network. Utilising untested systems risks delays to the delivery of the much needed additional capacity to our network and increases the potential risks to cost and programme.

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