If you’ve seen the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then we’re sure you’ll remember the amazing elevator that could go side-to-side as well as up and down.
Well, that technology may no longer be a work of fiction as the Willy Wonka style elevator may be appearing in the London Underground.
The way the revolutionary technology works is that the elevator uses magnetic force instead of the traditional cables to enable sideways movement.
Whilst it was developed for use in high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, Transport for London have got their eyes on the idea for use in the London Underground. The idea is a bid to tackle the rising number of passengers the tube system sees every day. It is thought that the addition of these kinds of elevators would cut down congestion and even enable new lines to be added to the network.
Passengers could travel quickly between one platform and another, doing away with the often lengthy walks that stations such as Kings Cross or Waterloo has between platforms.
What also makes these kinds of elevators so much more efficient is that they can run on a continuous loop which would cut waiting times to just 15-30 seconds.
The first test elevator is set to be installed and ready for use in a building in Germany by 2017. If all goes well, we could see the innovative technology in place here in the UK sometime in the future.
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