Citadel of Namur gondola
The city of Namur is a tourist destination in Belgium, steeped in history and overlooked by a citadel built by Vauban. Its heritage and charm attract more and more tourists every year.
The ropeway offers visitors a new vantage point over the ancient Roman city and also serves local residents in their daily commutes. The inhabitants of Namur have made it an emblem of their city.
In order to enable visitors to get around with ease, the Namur gondola crosses the river Sambre, connecting with the city centre, from the bottom station, Place Maurice Servais, to the top station located on the Citadel’s Esplanade, a stone’s throw from the Digital Pavilion, a legacy of the Milan Universal Expo.
As the Namur gondola is built in a classified heritage environment, numerous studies were carried out to understand the technical, landscape, archaeological, acoustic, architectural and ecological aspects. Not only was the integration successful but the ropeway also represents a real environmental advantage to offer an alternative to road traffic in the Walloon capital.
Technologically speaking, the system is a pulsed movement gondola, with two trains of three cabins each accommodating six passengers for a pleasant four-minute ride.
Citadel of Namur gondola
Up to 408 PPHPD
Number of stations
Number of cabins
Number of passengers per cabin
First POMA installation in Belgium
Concession for 30 years
In 2017, the Municipal College of Namur awarded the contract for the construction of the Namur gondola to the POMA Franki and Labellemontagne consortium.
The three partner companies formed the consortium to create the basis for the Société Anonyme du Téléphérique de Namur, which is to operate the ropeway for the next 30 years.
The Namur project is POMA’s first tourist concession in Europe.
While constituting a major tourist attraction, the Namur ropeway is nonetheless a soft mobility solution. This low-carbon travel mode is appreciated by visitors and Citadel residents alike as they commute to school, to work or simply to the centre of Namur.
First POMA installation in Belgium
With the Namur gondola, POMA has completed its very first installation in Belgium.
The Namur gondola is installed in a classified heritage environment. A long careful study was therefore conducted for the design and integration of the stations.
Several route options were studied in order to preserve the integrity of the Citadel landscape and to showcase the ancient Roman city.
The “Téléphérique de Namur” was designed based on modern architecture that respects the uniqueness of the site and blends into the environment perfectly, with discreet line structures and remarkable acoustic comfort.
The pulsed movement gondola technology is particularly suited to this type of tourist transport with compact stations containing few rotating mechanical elements and guaranteeing optimal acoustic comfort for both users and local residents.
Citadel of Namur gondola in pictures
POMA URBAN PROJECTS
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
Géorgie – Chiatura – 2020
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.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
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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