Britain's Hovertrain project has been killed--after more than five year's research costing 5.25 million English pounds. Britain's Minister for Aerospace and Shipping said the project was being terminated "because we cannot see a use for it in Britain." It was not, that the project had failed technically. But it would have cost about 20 million English pounds to take the project to the stage of developing a passenger-carrying prototype capable of a speed of more than 30 km/h. A factor in the decision was the calculations for the proposed high-speed rail link between London and the planned third London airport, at Maplin. A hovertrain travelling at 210 mph (338 km/h) would show only a five-minute advantage over BR's advanced passenger train (APT) travelling at 150 mph (241 km/h), said Hesltine. In any case, it was unlikely that the hovertrain could be ready for full-scale service by 1980, as the APT was expected to be. And with an anticipated track cost of about 1,000,000 English pounds a mile, it was impossible to anticipate an alternative track for the hovertrain being acceptable for any route in Britain in the foreseeable future.

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  • Publication Date: 1973-3

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  • Accession Number: 00041666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Railway Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM