Ten routes across the UK, US, India, Mexico and Canada were chosen out of a 35-strong shortlist

Two UK teams are among the 10 winners of the ideas competition for applications to build the Hyperloop transport system.

Over 2,600 teams registered to take part in the competition, called Hyperloop One Global Challenge, to propose practical applications of the technology founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk and 10 have been named winners from a shortlist of 35 proposals.

The winning UK teams are:

  • Northern Arc led by Ryder Architecture and Arup, with support from KPMG, Newcastle City Futures, and North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which proposed a route between Glasgow and Liverpool to link the Northern Powerhouse and Scotland, and
  • HypED, a team of students from the University of Edinburgh, which put forward a route linking London and Edinburgh via Birmingham and Manchester.

 Aecom is the biggest winner of the competition, with five routes it proposed selected, including three in the US, and one each in India and Canada.


Backers of Hyperloop claim it can transport passengers at speeds of up to 700mph

Paul Bell, partner at Ryder, said they were “hugely excited” to win. He said it was Ryder’s ambition for Northern Arc to replace Northern Powerhouse as a concept and become recognised as a combined economic region.

He added: “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.”

Martin Butterworth, director at Arup, said: “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 a hundred 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.”

Further details of the next phases for the winning proposals will be unveiled over the coming months.

Hyperloop passengers boarding

Hyperloop passengers boarding



● US Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh | Team: Midwest Connect

● US Dallas-Laredo-Houston | Team: Texas Triangle

● US Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo | Team: Rocky Mountain Hyperloop

● US Miami-Orlando | Team: Florida Hyperloop

● India Bengaluru-Chennai | Team: AECOM India

● India Mumbai-Chennai | Team: Hyperloop India

● UK Edinburgh-London | Team: HypED

● UK Glasgow-Liverpool | Team: Northern Arc

● Mexico Mexico City-Guadalajara | Team: Mexloop

● Canada Toronto-Montreal | Team: HyperCa

Hyperloop northern arc metro scale