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Render of a ground level station

Paris set to build four-kilometre-long urban cable car

Construction is set to begin on Paris' first urban cable car, a 4.5-kilometre-line that will connect several suburbs in the southeast of the city to the Metro system.

Named Câble 1, the system will link the suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges with the Créteil Pointe du Lac station on Paris' Metro line 8.

Construction will begin later this year, reported French newspaper Le Parisien, with the system scheduled to open in 2025.

Render of an aerial image of a Cable 1 station
Câble 1 will connect the south-eastern suburbs of Paris with a terminus of its metro line. Render is by Antoine Derrien

The project is led by architecture studio Atelier Schall, cable car and ski lift manufacturer Doppelmayr France, French transport company Île-de-France Mobilités as well as construction companies Spie Batignolles and Egis Rail.

When complete the line will be 4.5-kilometres-long and have five stations in Créteil, Limeil-Brévannes, Valenton and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

In total, 33 Y- and V-shaped pylons will be built along the route to support the overhead cable car line. Each cabin will seat ten passengers, with the system expected to transport roughly 1,600 people per hour at its busiest times.

Render of a platform at a Cable 1 station
Câble 1 will have five stations

"Public transport in Île-de-France, the Île-de-France regions and the Department of Val-de-Marne decided in 2016 to add a new innovative tool for public transport solutions which offered Île-de-France residents on their network the first urban cable car transport line in the region," said the general director of IDF Mobilités Laurent Probst.

"The great proposal of the group led by Doppelmayr France will allow, in just over four years, more than 11,000 people per day to save a lot of time, a lot of comfort and perhaps, to dream a little in the mountains."

The cable car system was chosen due to the hilly terrain in the suburbs, which has limited the creation of metro and trains lines.

The stations will serve a number of different communities and each will have its own unique design elements.

At the Pointe du Lac terminal in Créteil, a footbridge will connect the station with a nearby mall while the Bois Matar terminal in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges will be designed around preserving the views of the surrounding agricultural land.

Passengers entering a cable car cabin
It will transport 11,000 people per day

Those stations located on the ground level will include gradual slopes that will provide passengers with step-free access and avoid the need to install lifts and escalators

Steps, elevators and escalators will be installed at stations located above ground to connect with the elevated platforms.

Many cities around the world have introduced urban cable cars as an alternative to ground level, or underground transport networks. The Colombian city of Medellín's 15-kilometre network being cited as one of the most successful. In 2012, a cable car line crossing the Thames river designed by Wilkinson Eyre opened in London.

Recently UNStudio announced plans for a 1.5-kilometre cable car that would span across the river IJ in Amsterdam and unveiled the world's first international cable car that will connect Russia and China.

Renders are by Romain Ghomari unless stated otherwise.