Revealed: The 4.5km-long cable car system that's opening in Paris

Revealed: ‘Longest cable car system in France’ set to open in Paris in 2025 at a cost of £111million

  • ‘Cable 1’ will link Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Creteil in the southeastern suburbs of the French capital 
  • The system will take 18 minutes to take travellers from the first stop to the last, with 10 people per cabin
  • It’s designed to ‘blend harmoniously’ into the landscape, with stations that are ‘100 per cent accessible’ to all 

A brand-new cable car attraction is set to open in Paris by 2025.

Billed as the longest cable car system in France, the ‘Cable 1’ project will stretch for 4.5km (2.7 miles) between the areas of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges and Creteil in the southeastern suburbs of the French capital.

Recently released renderings offer a look at the project, which is being constructed with an investment of over £111million (€132million) – not including the price of the cabins.

A brand-new cable car attraction – ‘Cable 1’ – is set to open in the southeastern suburbs of Paris by 2025. It’s anticipated that it will be a hugely popular addition to the French capital – an estimated 11,000 people will hop on to the cable cars (shown here in a rendering) daily 

The rendering above shows one of the ‘Cable 1’ stops in the Limeil-Brevannes area

The cable car system will stretch for 4.5km (2.7miles), linking the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges area and Pointe du Lac in Creteil (shown above in a rendering)

A rendering of the Emile Zola cable car station in Valenton. The new system is being constructed with an investment of over £111million (€132million) – not including the price of the cabins

Planning for the project first got underway in 2016 and, according to Le Parisien, construction on the new cable car system will begin later this year. 

How high will it go? Passengers will rise between 25m (82ft) and 40m (131ft) in the air as ‘Cable 1’ soars over the suburbs. 

It’s anticipated to be a hugely popular addition to the city – an estimated 11,000 people will hop on to the cable cars daily, with each ‘comfortable and secure’ cabin accommodating 10 passengers. 

In total, it will take around 18 minutes for passengers to travel from the first stop to the last and the system will be able to ferry around 1,600 passengers per hour, with just 30 seconds between each cabin at peak times. 

Passengers will rise between 25m (82ft) and 40m (131ft) in the air as ‘Cable 1’ soars over the suburbs. The above rendering shows the station at Bois Matar in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges – one terminus on the route

It will take around 18 minutes for travellers to travel from the first stop to the last, with room for 10 passengers in each cabin

Each station will be just one-storey, making it ‘100 per cent accessible’ for all passengers

In order to construct the new system, 33 white pylons will be installed throughout the suburbs, designed to ‘blend harmoniously’ into their surroundings. 

The development aims to connect Parisians that live in the suburbs of the city by opening them up to the Metro and bus routes. 

There will be five stops on the cable car system, with the terminus at Pointe du Lac in Creteil a short distance from Metro line 8.

A rendering shows the exterior of Emile Zola station. There will be five stops on the cable car system

A rendering of the cable car station at Emile Combes. In order to construct the new system, 33 white pylons will be installed throughout the suburbs, designed to ‘blend harmoniously’ into their surroundings

The above rendering shows Bois Matar station. The French transport company Ile-de-France Mobilites and the architecture studio Atelier Schall are leading the project

Temps Durables and Emile Combes in Limeil-Brevannes, and Emile Zola in Valenton and Bois Matar in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges make up the other stops on the journey. 

Each station will be just one-storey, making it ‘100 per cent accessible’ for all passengers. 

The French transport company Ile-de-France Mobilites and the architecture studio Atelier Schall are taking the helm with the project. They will collaborate with cable car manufacturer Doppelmayr France and the Spie Batignolles and Egis Rail construction firms.

Though it’s a first for Paris, this won’t be France’s only metropolitan cable car system – there are already similar projects in place in Grenoble and Brest.  

For more information visit www.cable1.iledefrance-mobilites.fr.

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