In Trier experts thought about a cablecar. Photo: ttm Trier
Even the Hanseatic City of Hamburg once had plans for a cableway. But in the end, the majority of people voted against it in a local referendum. Photo: www.hamburgfotos- bilder.de
The Hamburg example
This was the plan: two city parts, St. Pauli and Wilhelmsburg, were to be connected by a 1.5-kilometer-long circulating 3S cable car. An interstation was planned near the musical theater at the Elbe port. After long preparations, the project was first introduced to the public in 2011. But then it was rejected by the residents in a referendum held in 2014. The reason: the planned cableway was not seen as a means of transport but rather a feeder for the musicals. Its opponents objected that it would interfere with the recreational function of the park on the Elbe River and considered the gondolas that would be gliding above residential buildings an alarming intrusion into privacy.
Koblenz is an example for many cities: its cableway, originally built for the Federal Horticultural Exhibition, is still in operation today. Photo: Skyglide
In Cologne, a new cableway serving as a means of local transport was to be added to the existing tourist cable car but other projects were given priority. Photo: Kölner Seilbahn
The Cologne example
In Cologne, the idea was to connect both railway stations with an approx. 1,200-meter-long cableway – crossing the obstacle posed by the Rhine. In 2009, a feasibility study was commissioned. Although the project came off well in the study, it was stopped. The reason: other projects had priority. There have been attempts, or proposals, to alleviate local traffic in other cities, too.
The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology conducted a detailed study on the feasibility, opportunities and hindrances relating to urban aerial cableways. The report mentions numerous cities where the idea of an urban cableway as a transport solution was considered but not followed up , for example Aachen (an alternative to a tramway), Berlin (Bahnhof Zoo - Potsdamer Platz), Bochum (city center - Ruhrpark), Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg - Markgröningen), Marburg (city center - university/ university clinic), Munich (Thalkirchen - Zoo - Harlaching, Harthof - Garching - Hochbrück), or Wolfsburg (Phaeno - Allerpark - Plaza).