Graeme Paton has reported that Britain has been identified as one of the top five markets globally for the Hyperloop One technology – a near-supersonic line that could transport passengers east-to-west in 12 minutes at 720mph. The company’s UK senior vice-president, Nick Earle, said discussions had taken place across Whitehall with a view to launching in the country. The move comes ahead of the first full trial of the system, which uses magnetic technology to carry pods through a low-pressure tube. It will be tested in the Nevada desert by the end of June and is claimed to be the first new mode of transport after road, rail, sea and air. Earle said the company is pushing for a feasibility study into constructing the first east-to-west link across the north, connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull in 12 minutes. He criticised the £56bn HS2 project, saying the technology was hardly different from steam-powered rail.