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Transport: the urban cable car is on the rise


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Transport: the urban cable car is on the rise

J.Debraux, France 3 Regions, A.Grenier – France 3

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Friday, May 13, the Toulouse urban cable car, in Haute-Garonne, was officially put into service. In France, other cities have already adopted this original means of public transport.

The suspended cabins have been roaming since the morning of Friday, May 13. Toulouse’s brand new urban cable car (Upper Garonne) is the largest and longest in France. The first to have borrowed it do not sulk their pleasure. “I thought it was breathtaking”testifies a young girl. Commissioning commercial of Teleo is scheduled for Monday, May 16. It should change the daily life of Toulouse.

The urban cable car is an ecological means of transport, which can help relieve congestion in large cities. And this new means move with the wind in its sails. In France, the first cable car to have been built, in 1934, is located in Grenoble (Isere). Then Brest (Finistère)Toulon (var) and Saint-Denis de la Réunion were seduced by this idea. In other cities, it is still only at the project stage, as in Créteil (Val de Marne)Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) and Ajaccio. Moreover, in Corsica, work should begin in 2023. The roads are so blocked from everywhere now, it’s a great idea”says a resident. On the other hand, in the Rhône, the one which was to link Lyon to Villefranche did not see the light of day because of the hostility of the inhabitants.

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