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City Link, Ebbw Vale

Wales / Great Briten

In order to ensure that the new developed site was integrated with the town centre, Blaenau
Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC), needed an Equality Act compliant pedestrian link
that would help connect the two areas, which were separated not by distance but by elevation;
the town centre being over 30 meters higher than The Works site over a relatively short
distance. As a result of this height difference a decision was taken to install a Mechanical Link
which would enable pedestrians to access the two sites quickly, safely and easily. After
consultation with specialists, an inclined cableway was the preferred option (Funded by the
Welsh European Funding Office, Welsh Government and BGCBC).

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, took a trip on the Cableway and said: "It's a fantastic
way of linking the town centre." If it was just steps it would be a problem for people with
limited physical mobility. "It's not just a link but a novelty for people as well."



Year of construction: 2015
System: Funicular
Drive: Traction Drive


Length: 57 m
Difference in level: 24 m
Inclination: 31°


Rail type: HEA
Track gauge: 1.200 mm

Operating data

Cabin capacity: 18 - 22 passengers
Travel speed: 2 m/s
Total capacity: ca. 650 pphd

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