On Tuesday & Wednesday, Freetown City Council was represented at a participatory workshop on Transitioning to Sustainable Urban Mobility that was organised by the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, in association with University College London.
The team, from the Mayor’s Delivery Unit (MDU), used the opportunity of the forum to seek out the views of the professionals involved in planning transport in the urban environment on the suitability of the Cable Car system for Freetown.
The MDU team presented the scheme and the work undertaken to date by FCC in the preliminary feasibility study of the cable car including the 3 routes being proposed.
Doppelmaryr, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Cable Car systems also presented the technical and regulatory aspects, safety records, and the operational and maintenance requirements of the Cable Car.
FCC and Doppelmaryr’s presentations were followed by a lively Q&A session that allowed the audience to be brought up to speed on the benefits of the cable car and its advantages over other possible alternatives.
There remains further work still to be done to bring all stakeholders behind this important transport project in order to improve transport and the economic well being of the citizens of Freetown.
Going forward we are proposing to set-up a Working Group of key stakeholders and experts in urban mobility to progress the Cable Car option to the detailed feasibility stage.