Urban ropeways (Sanatorium, Lejubani, Naguti, Muxadze)
To retrofit its urban overhead transport system, the city of Chiatura chose POMA. Four small urban ropeways, developed specifically to satisfy the needs in terms of capacity and the constraints regarding distances, have replaced some (very) old Russian ropeways.
The city of Chiatura, located in a mountainous valley on the banks of the Kvirila river in Georgia, experienced strong economic growth due to the mining industry in the 1950s. The city chose POMA to retrofit its overhead transport system as part of its urban development plan and also to enhance its identity.
At the peak of its activity, Chiatura had about a hundred small ropeways throughout the valley that could transport both the manganese mine workers and the ore, but also allowed the population to travel to the various districts of the city.
Out of the 100 or so industrial and urban ropeways, 24 were exclusively for passenger transport and only eight are still in operation, with four being replaced by POMA.
These four urban ropeway lines (Sanatorium, Lezhubani, Naguti, Mukhadze) connect the city centre to the outskirts, at a speed of 6 m/s. Each cabin is designed to carry up to 15 passengers with the intention of making this the main means of transport for the local population. More than 10,000 people a day are expected to use the ropeway.
The city, which is becoming more aware of its potential as a tourist destination, also hopes its visitors will experience a really enjoyable excursion over the city.
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A new urban ropeway range has been developed for this project, the main purpose of which is to cover short distances with only a few towers.
The teams on site had to be resourceful when installing the towers and when rolling out the tensioned ropes over homes, electric lines, railway tracks, roads and rivers.
The urban ropeway line retrofit project also involved a very distinctive station design. All the architectural work was conducted by Georgian Architects and all the stations are typically Georgian in style. A far cry from the image of the old dilapidated ropeways, the stations are futuristic, unstructured and very colourful.
the City of Ropeways
Chiatura, a small mining city, was a pioneer in urban ropeway transportation. It was home to the first-ever passenger ropeway in the USSR and boasted the largest ratio of ropeway transportation lines per inhabitant. These ropeways, mostly now abandoned, also attract many tourists to this city in Georgia.
Urban ropeways of Chiatura
They talk about it
Chiatura is a small mining town in Georgia, where the entire economy has been built around manganese extraction for over a century. The city is built at the bottom of a steep valley, and residential quarters stretch out over the foothills.
The 4 gondola lifts produced by POMA all make it possible to reach outlying residential areas from the city center and replace mono-way bi-cable devices, that is to say with a single cabin in back and forth on a carrier cable, equipped with cabins from another age, when Chiatura was the laboratory of Soviet aerial cable transport.
The 4 cable car produced come from a new range of products, between cable car and gondola, simple and efficient configured around the components of our ecosystem: tubular pylons and “standard single-cable” line equipment (pylons, gangways, jib cranes) and cabins DIAMOND 15 seats equipped with communication with the control post, and night lighting.
urban realisations :
Citadel of Namur gondola lift
Belgique – Namur – 2021
In Namur, Belgium, the ropeway connects the city centre to the Citadel Esplanade, flying over the river Sambre and the ramparts. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the experience of a silent trip with a breathtaking viewpoint. An ecological mode of travel, it blends harmoniously into its environment, by virtue of its modern architecture that respects the uniqueness of the site, and discreet line structures.Read
Equateur – Guayaquil – ongoing project
In order to improve the flow of daily traffic between Duran and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital, and offer an alternative solution for crossing the estuary, the local authorities have opted for ropeway transportation. Ecuador’s first urban gondola lift links Duran and Guayaquil, providing fast, smooth travel throughout the transport network for 40,000 passengers a day.Read
Algeria – Tizi Ouzou – 2019
POMA has developed a three-section aerial transport line with a total length of 5 km consisting of two gondola lifts and an aerial ropeway in Tizi Ouzou, a town located 100 km from Algiers.Read
Airtram New York
USA – New York – 2010
With the installation of this ultra-modern aerial tramway, POMA has provided New Yorkers with the most advanced technology in urban ropeway transportation. It is 960 m long and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in just three minutes, passing over the East River in great comfort with unique views of New York through the huge windows on both cabins.Read
France – Toulouse – PROJECT IN PROGRESS
More than 8,000 passengers will board the cabins of the Téléo tricable ropeway every day. Part of the Toulouse Agglomeration’s transport network, it crosses a river and travels over a hill to link three major hubs of activity in the south of Toulouse: the University Cancer Institute, Rangueil Hospital and Paul Sabatier University.Read
Réunion Island – Saint Denis – 2020
A Saint-Denis de la Réunion, POMA construit le premier metrocable de l’Océan Indien. Il offre un mode de déplacement sûr, rapide, et silencieux, permettant de relier des quartiers stratégiques et de mieux desservir le territoire.Read
Colombia – Pereira – Project in progress
Pereira Megacable is the first urban gondola lift to be 100% integrated into the public transport system of the city of Pereira. It is also the first lift in the country to be equipped with a DirectDrive®.Read
Russia – Nizhny Novgorod – 2011
La première télécabine urbaine en Russie permet aux habitants de Nijni Novgorod de se rendre quotidiennement dans la ville industrielle de Bor, en traversant le plus grand fleuve d’Europe par les airs.Read
M Line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2019
Lien social et économique, le Metrocable de Medellin est l’emblème d’une ville en mouvement. La 5e ligne de métrocâble a pris son envol début 2019 afin d’étendre son réseau de transport public, au service d’une mobilité durable et douce.Read
K line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2004
This urban gondola lift incorporated into a public transport system was a world first and quickly became a model for many large cities in terms of sustainable transportation and social inclusion. With the Metrocable, the city was gradually transformed, connecting the different neighbourhoods and their inhabitants.Read
J line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2007
In 2007, Metrocable’s second line initiated the urbanisation of an area to the west of the city. Unlike its predecessor, line K, the objective of commissioning line J was to support urban development in that area, rather than to bring the highly populated neighbourhood out of any kind of isolation.Read