Hyperloop to Connect Amsterdam With German Ruhr and ParisApril 22, 2020
One of the European hyperloop companies, Hardt Hyperloop, has just published the results of their most recent study which was carried out as a part of Hardt’s collaboration with the province of North Holland. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of hyperloop technology which would connect the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA) to other economic areas.
This development prospective is called “Compacte Metropool” and it focuses on five potential lines on both national and international level. Among the cities which were taken under consideration are for example Groningen, The Hague, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Paris. The key aspects that should be improved by introducing hyperloop technology are connectivity, accessibility, substitution and decongestion. The study explores MRA’s development perspectives 20 years in advance, so for 2040.
The findings suggest that undertaking this project may be beneficial in relation to reducing the time of home/work travels, and thus enabling easy and fast commutes. An example for that could be the planned route between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, which can improve the international connection between Amsterdam, the Ruhr area and Berlin.
Another advantage of “Compacte Metropool” would be the possibility of reducing the number of short-haul flights. Hyperloop not only offers the prospect of fast travels, but it also eliminates the amount of pollution generated by planes on daily basis. With this technology planes could be used specifically for long, inter-continental flights.
The report states that MRA could greatly benefit from the proposed solution. Its spatial-economic business climate would flourish and the borders between the major cities would become blurred. It would also have a positive impact on the economic value of the whole province. The estimations suggest that having built those investigated routes would contribute to having an additional GDP of 275 billion euro for the province, i.e. growth of +121%.
Jeroen Olthof, who serves as the Deputy Mobility of the Province North Holland, stated that he is aware of the fact that people are willing to travel up to one hour from their homes to their workplaces. That is why he believes it is essential to cover greater distances within this time limit. He also promised to engage in discussions with other authorities, so that the research could be further developed. The next steps would be to include other valid aspects in the study. Those are for example safety, integration and public adoption.
You can find full report here.