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Transport: the cable car to conquer cities

Less expensive and simpler to set up, the urban cable car appears to be a new way of relieving congestion on the roads. However, more and more cities are abandoning their projects.

In Toulouse (Upper Garonne)a four-kilometre cable car has just been inaugurated. Set up for 82 million euros, it aims to relieve congestion on the city’s ring road. Approximately 8,000 daily passengers are expected from this Monday, May 16. Cheaper to build and operate than a metro or tram, the urban cable car is slowly being installed in French cities, such as Brest (Finistère), Grenoble (Isère), Toulon (Var) and Saint-Denis de la Meeting. Others are planned, such as in Ajaccio (Corsica) where work should begin in 2023.

But these construction sites come up against the rumble of local residents. In Lyon (Rhône), the project has just been abandoned. In question, attacks on the landscape, the environment and privacy. What people criticize him for is the possibility of a bird’s eye view of domestic spaces”explains Olivier Klein, researcher at the CNRS. Other cities like Orléans (Loiret), Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) or Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) have also thrown in the towel for the same reason.


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