Technical issues raised by the proposal to introduce a 500 km/h magnetically-levitated transport system in the UK

The Department for Transport asked the authors of this report to provide an in-depth assessment of the technical issues raised by the proposal of a 850km 500km/h line from Heathrow Airport, through Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh to Glasgow. The proposal is that this system, based on the Transrapid project in operation in Shanghai, would become the main intercity transport backbone of the UK, replacing some intercity trains and internal airlines, leading to increased regional development and a diminution of the 'North-South' divide. The objectives of the report are to identify critical areas that would need in-depth studies before it would be possible for a Transrapid system to go ahead. This document begins with a background to the work and objectives of preliminary report, then contains 6 chapters, and ends with conclusions.

  • Authors:
    • KEMP, R
    • SMITH, R
  • Publication Date: 2007-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: 26p

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  • Accession Number: 01095501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 9:31AM