Réunion Island – Saint Denis – 2020

Réunion Island urban ropeway

POMA built the first metrocable in the Indian Ocean in Saint Denis on Réunion Island. It provides safe, fast and quiet travel, connecting strategic neighbourhoods and delivering a better service to the island.

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The project

The gondola lift in Saint Denis on Réunion Island is 2.68 kilometres long and links Le Chaudron, located to the east of the town centre, to Bois de Nèfles in the north of the town, via Le Moufia.

A 14-minute trip including 3 middle stations. The 46 carriers with 10 seats ensure a capacity of 1200 people per hour and per direction.

Perfectly integrated into the existing public transport network, the first urban gondola lift of Réunion Island is designed to enhance the flow of traffic, which is particularly heavy on the island, and to encourage soft mobility.

It also helps to create new dynamics, with the new college in Bois de Nèfles and numerous local shops around the line.


the Papang




2680 m


272 m


up to 1200 people/h



5 m/s

Number of cabins


Number of passengers per cabin




14 min

nombre de stations

Number of stations

5 / (3 intermediate stations)




POMA, innovation

for the project

1st urban gondola lift in the Indian Ocean

The gondola lift supports the economic and urban development of Saint Denis by limiting impacts at ground level and preserving available space. Each station is a lively place with hubs and cultural or economic activities.


A project shared with the local community

Led by a team of complementary experts with shared experience and strong local ties, the project was developed with full consultation of the local community and elected representatives. During the public consultations, the community really got on board with the plan for the ropeway: some 85% of respondents said the project was useful, and 75% said they would take the ropeway to go to work and for leisure activities.

Team training


The gondola lift on Réunion Island benefits from a POMA skills transfer programme to ensure the maintenance and safety of the installations and to generate local jobs.


A tourist lift

Réunion Island, “the intense island”, is a unique territory where mountains meet the sea and which has magnificent landscapes where nature is extraordinary: endemic forests, active volcanoes, hikes in isolated spots, lagoons, ramparts, etc. listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. While this project is a strong link in the urban mobility of Saint Denis, it is also a major tourist attraction for the region.

Réunion Island urban ropeway in pictures


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