Take the tube

2019-03-07 01:05:01

By Barry Fox British patent application GB 2 332 658 is not for claustrophobics. Richard Earle of Chippenham, Wiltshire, has devised a public transport system that scales up the old idea of using pneumatic tubes to transport documents or cash around an office block or store. Passengers will crawl into capsules about the width of a mattress, which will then be launched down a short connection tube into a loop running round the entire city. There, the capsule engages with a moving chain. The tube will contain a vacuum, so there will be no air resistance and energy wastage,