Nizhny Novgorod Urban Gondola Lift
The first urban gondola lift in Russia enables the inhabitants of Nizhny Novgorod to travel to the industrial city of Bor every day, crossing the largest river in Europe from above.
Located 400 km to the east of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod is the fifth largest city in Russia and has a population of 1.3 million.
The economic and cultural centre of the vast economic region Volga-Vyatka, Nizhny Novgorod has many industrial satellite cities such as Bor, Kstovo and Dzerzhinsk. The traffic is regularly saturated for those who live in Nizhny and work across the river in Bor. What used to be a two-hour car trip now takes only 12 minutes to cover the 3660 metres that separate the two gondola lift stations and cross the Volga. Each station is connected to the public transport network and has a large car park, promoting intermodality.
Fifty-six spacious cabins run from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week with a capacity of 1000 people per hour per direction, even at the peak of winter, when road traffic is paralysed by the cold and snow.
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The first urban gondola lift in Russia
POMA has built the first urban gondola lift in Russia, located in a most demanding environment.
Large crossing capacity
Two large towers over 80 metres high and weighing 170 tonnes support a span of 900 metres, making it the longest in the world for an 8-seater gondola lift.
The gondola lift has been designed to handle three major constraints: the considerable width of the Volga river from one bank to the other, intense river traffic and the river freezing over every winter, making it impossible to install towers in the river bed. The Volga also swells (by up to more than 11 metres), which can be devastating, so this also had to be taken into consideration.
Each station is connected to the public transport network and has a large car park.
The system’s dual motorisation and redundancy optimise its availability and ensure cabin recovery in the event of an external incident.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD in pictures
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