It’s clearly one of the world’s most widely travelled and frequently visited cities. It’s a city whose breathtaking architecture has drawn parallels and stands mightily next to some of the most charismatic cities. Think Rome, Florence, Boston and the likes. It’s a city where it makes perfect sense that the Eiffel Tower stands speaking to the skies for Paris’ burning ambition is such that it interacts with the heavens.
Home to museums, heritage buildings, remnants of a charismatic and powerful past belonging to its great emperor Napoleon and eye-pleasing botanical gardens, there’s so much more to the city of Paris where it comes to urban transport as one notes.
And in a fitting news that only upends this trend, the city of Paris is all set to build a massive cable car system in its periphery this year. However, the completion of the cable car system in Paris will take nearly half a decade.
What’s interesting, however, is that so far, Paris didn’t have a single cable car. But where it stands now, the city is fully geared up to undertake a rather ambitious cable car system that’s worth a whopping $145 million project.
So what’s essentially the plan and to what extent will the network of the cable car system in Paris be laid out?
There is a proposed plan for a brand new aerial tramway that’s worth 4.5 km in distance. This will connect various suburbs in the southeast to the Paris Metro. The project, all set to be a huge infrastructure boost to the renowned city will go on for another 4 to 5 years.
What’s also known about the futuristic cable car system in Paris is that it is scheduled to open in 2025. Meanwhile, the construction for the same is expected to begin soon this year. An exact date, however, is yet to be declared.
There were some interesting details that emerged on the key Parisian project basis reports by CNN and here’s what one needs to know:
Scheduled to open in 2025, the “Cable 1” project will travel from the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to the Pointe du Lac station in Creteil in the Île-de-France region within just 17 minutes, less than half the time the journey would take on a bus.Renderings for the cable car line, helmed by architecture studio Atelier Schall, have just been released, providing a closer look at the much-anticipated project, which recently cleared pre-construction feasibility studies.
Once complete, the ambitious cable car system in Paris is expected to serve around 11,000 people on a daily basis, whilst Cable 1(as it is known) will carry a price tag of €132 million.
That’s some cost, right!
What is key to note here is that whilst the news of the cable car system in Paris might seem a brand new development, the project was actually proposed back in the day. It was back in 2008 where the idea of Cable 1 was considered a necessary intervention where it came to the region of Creteil, which happens to have a hilly terrain.
Here’s what seems to be such a huge plus for the Parisians with regards to the Cable car project: Cable 1, once complete, will have the capacity to serve 1,600 passengers per hour. Now, Paris, as it turns out, isn’t the only European city that has been toying with the idea and having big hopes of churning out something productive on the urban infrastructure front; last year Amsterdam too developed a 1.5 km long cable car system.