Dutch provinces Groningen and Zeeland have been selected as the final two options for the location of the European Hyperloop test centre for Dutch company Hardt Hyperloop.
The centre will comprise a 3km test track and a research laboratory for developing a super-fast transport system known as a hyperloop.
Though Hardt call it the European Centre, developers from all over the world will have access to test their engineering at the finished facility.
Jo-Annes de Bat, Zeeland’s provincial executive, said, “The hyperloop fits well with our ambitions in terms of sustainability and innovation. Zeeland has been designated by the central government as a living lab for smart mobility; we are testing various new innovative transport options here.
“Now that we are a step closer to realisation, we look forward to meeting all the parties involved as quickly as possible.”
Mirjam Wulfse, Groningen’s provincial executive, said, “There is a lot of movement in Groningen. We are the youngest city in Europe and we are at the forefront of innovative solutions for major transitions such as energy, agriculture and transport.
“The university, companies and the authorities are working closely together on this. A test track for the hyperloop fits in perfectly with this ambition.”
The final location of the project will be selected next month, with construction on the facility expected to be complete in 2022.