Could maglev trains be a magic bullet for UK inter-city travel? Jeremy Acklam
Quick, clean and green, maglev technology is well suited to short, inter-city trips – if transport planners make the investment
With more and more people using the railways in Britain, the country clearly needs greater capacity. Developments like Crossrail, which will open in 2018, and HS2 will help, but could revisiting magnetic levitation technology hold the answer to cutting journey times between nearby crowded UK cities?
The main asset of a maglev – named after the technology that keeps it hovering – is its ability to accelerate and decelerate quickly. This means it is ideally suited to shorter intra-city trips. Maglev trains also have fewer carriages, so it’s better suited for passengers travelling on trains every few minutes.
Source: Guardian Transport