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Cable cars

Although there are thousands of cable car systems in operation around the world, only a handful are used to provide urban transport. The urban cable car is a relatively new idea, but as it utilises existing technology in a new application, it is also proven and reliable.

How we can help

Mott MacDonald’s expertise in all rail, bus, road and personal rapid transit (PRT) systems means we can effectively integrate cable cars within a transport network at minimum cost. Our extensive knowledge of site conditions and links to the different manufacturers means we can select the right cable car system to suit your specific needs.

We have a deep understanding of the need to meet geometrical and structural constraints, such as maximising cable gradients and aligning the system between end or intermediate stations. We can also help you meet regulatory requirements, such as the EU Cableways Directive.

Our specialists undertake risk assessments and prepare safety cases considering safety critical systems/resilience, hierarchy of response and evacuation methods. We match capacity to demand, which is influenced by system selection, code safety requirements and maximum span.

The business cases we produce include patronage forecasting, funding, fare revenues and corporate sponsorship as well as benefits such as regeneration. We also collaborate closely with stakeholders to foster support and understanding.

Worldwide resources

Our cable car specialists can provide a complete service from feasibility right through to delivery. Key services include:

  • Project and design management
  • Full design service, including civil, structural,
  • mechanical, electrical and utilities engineering
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Site investigations
  • Securing planning approvals and consents
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Quantity surveying and procurement
  • Design assurance
  • Construction supervision

Proven experience

We were technical advisor to Transport for London (TfL) for the UK’s first urban cable car. The iconic 1.1km ‘Emirates Air Line’ spans the River Thames to link two of London’s biggest entertainment venues, the O2 Arena and the ExCeL exhibition centre.

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