Paris to build $145 million cable car

(CNN) – Paris is already home to some of the world’s most popular attractions, and the French capital could have its first urban cable car.

Proposed plans for a new 4.5km cable car linking various suburbs in the southeast to the Paris Metro are moving forward with construction expected to begin this year.

The opening is scheduled for 2025. Project “Cable 1” will travel from the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Pointe-du-Lac station in Créteil in the Île-de-France region in just 17 minutes, half the time of a bus.

Renderings of the cable car line by architecture studio Atelier Schall have just been published, providing a closer look at the long-awaited project, which has recently passed pre-feasibility studies.

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A rendering of Cable 1, a proposed new cable car system due to open in Paris by 2025.

Courtesy of Île-de-France Mobilités.

Cable 1 (C1) is valued at 132 million euros (about $145 million) and is expected to serve around 11,000 people a day with only 30 seconds between cabs during peak hours. Each cabin will accommodate up to 10 passengers.

While French cities such as Brest and Grenoble already have similar cable car systems, cable 1 would be a first for Paris if approved. However, several other proposed cable cars are currently in various stages of development.

Cable 1, first proposed in 2008, was deemed necessary due to the hilly terrain of Créteil, where high-speed trains and motorways also pass, making alternative overland travel systems less practical.

04 Paris cable car Station-Pointe-du-Lac

The Cable 1 project will run from the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Pointe du Lac station in Créteil, located in the Île-de-France region.

Courtesy of Île-de-France Mobilités.

To build the system, 33 white pylons will be installed along the suburbs, designed to “fit harmoniously” into the landscape.

“Public transport in Île-de-France, the regions of Île-de-France and the department of Val-de-Marne decided in 2016 to add a new innovative tool for public transport solutions, which was offered to the inhabitants of Île-de-France in its network by the city’s first cable car road in the region,” says Laurent Probst, CEO of IDF Mobilites.

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01 Paris cable car Bois Matare station

Visualization of the Bois-Matard station in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, which will be one of the five stops on the line if all goes according to plan.

Courtesy of Île-de-France Mobilités.

“The excellent proposal of the group led by Doppelmayr France will save more than 11,000 people a day in just four years a lot of time, a lot of comfort and maybe a little dream in the mountains.”

Cable 1 will serve a total of five stops: Temps Durables and Emile Combes at Limeil-Brévannes, Emile Zola at Valenton and Bois Matar at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, with its terminus at Pointe du Lac at Créteil, located close to the metro line. 8.

02 Paris cable car Station-Emile-Combes

The 4.5 km line will be able to serve about 1,600 passengers per hour.

Courtesy of Île-de-France Mobilités.

Each station will be only one story high to ensure the system is “100% accessible” to passengers.

Paris is not the only European city that has a cable car. Last year, Amsterdam gave the green light to a 1.5-kilometre cable car that will run across the River IJ and connect Amsterdam West and Amsterdam North when it launches in 2025.

In London, a cable car built across the Thames has struggled to attract repeat passengers since opening in 2012 and has only managed to avoid draining the city’s transport funds thanks to a lucrative sponsorship deal that is about to expire.

Best images courtesy of Île-de-France Mobilités.

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