Mayor attends Cable Car World Congress in Essen, Germany

5th June 2024

On World Environment Day, Freetown City Council had the opportunity to promote the Freetown Cable Car project at the Cable Car World Congress in Essen, Germany. Under the patronage of the German Federal Minister for Digital and Transport Dr. Volker Wissing, the Cable Car World Congress brought together national and municipal government officials, cable car manufacturers, construction companies, professional advisors and other industry participants committed to the delivery of the cable car as an integrated element of a green, urban mobility solution.

The mayor honored to be hosted by the Mayor of Essen on Monday evening and to respond to his kind words of welcome. The Congress was officially opened on Tuesday morning with a statement by the German State Secretary for Digital and Transport Hartmut Hoppner. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr also delivered a welcome statement and participated in a panel on financing of cable cars, presented an overview of the Freetown Cable Car Project and together with other members of the project team, engaged in a series of bilateral meetings with cable car manufacturers, potential project financiers and advisors.

The availability of the technical and financial feasibility studies funded by C40 Cities Climate Finance Facility and undertaken by GIZ increased the level of interest in the project from potential participants. Furthermore, the support for the project by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Transport and the synergies between the Freetown Cable Car Project and the World Bank funded Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Projects strengthens the investment case for the cable car.The Freetown Cable Car Project currently comprises of three proposed lines: the East Corridor; the Mountain Corridor; and the West Corridor. The feasibility studies have been undertaken for the 3.6 km long East Corridor route which will run from Kissy Ferry Terminal to Government Wharf via Up Gun, Mountain Cut and Eastern Police. The journey time along this route will be reduced to just 14.5 minutes!

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