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CABLE CAR WORLD 2024 in Essen opens up new perspectives!

Cablebus Mexico | © UTM/b

The CABLE CAR WORLD congress trade fair, which will take place in Essen on 4 and 5 June 2024, will focus on urban mobility with cable cars. CABLE CAR WORLD is the first trade fair to focus on urban cable cars as an equally important component of new urban mobility. Trade visitors will encounter this topic of the future in a mix of trade fair, exhibition, workshops, tours, personal dialogue and a congress with high-calibre international participants.

In addition to admission to the trade fair, a ticket to CABLE CAR WORLD 2024 also grants access to a large number of events and congress presentations covering the entire spectrum of urban cable car mobility.

CABLE CAR WORLD presents companies along the entire process chain of urban cable car projects. From leading manufacturers to consulting and planning offices to operating companies, all relevant market segments will be brought together. The Mobility Lab powered by Bartholet & Leitner is the centrepiece of the CABLE CAR WORLD 2024 exhibition area. It showcases the entire world of cable car topics with the four sections Society, Sustainability, Technology and Profitability, while experts are on hand to answer questions. The Science Wall presents research results from universities that contribute to the further development of urban ropeway mobility. Best-practice examples of urban development with cable cars will be presented to the public by local authorities in the City Lab. This special area is organised by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport, which has also assumed the patronage of CABLE CAR WORLD in the person of Federal Minister Volker Wissing.

Cablebus Mexico | © UTM/b

The highlight of CABLE CAR WORLD 2024 is the high-calibre Cable Car Congress in the immediate vicinity of the exhibition area, with contributions from all area continents on current cable car projects, opportunities and challenges, legal requirements and political framework conditions.

“Over 30 top speakers from a total of 13 countries such as France, Austria, Sierra Leone, Mexico and Colombia will offer a detailed insight into the topic of urban cable cars and provide concrete recommendations for action at this forward-looking specialist event,” explains Dominik Berndt, Managing Director of Cable Car World GmbH, initiator of the congress trade fair.

In many parts of the world, cable cars are already a tried and tested component of sustainable mobility in urban areas. In Germany, they are gradually moving into the focus of urban and transport planning as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly supplement to conventional means of transport. There is a great need for information – especially among the responsible local authorities. The speakers at the Cable Car Congress will provide comprehensive expertise on all aspects of urban cable car projects in presentations and panel discussions.

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Workshops and tours of the trade fair will enable the knowledge exchange between the four congress blocks.

Part I of the congress is entitled “Urban Planning & Cable Cars” and uses national and international examples to highlight the new options that arise from the use of cable cars in urban spatial development.

Highlights include the keynote speech by Prof. Luis Angel Guzmán from the University of the Andes in Bogota and the keynote speech “Modern mobility solutions for the development of a future district in the Ruhr metropolis” by Dr Frank Dudda, Lord Mayor of Herne. The city in the Ruhr region is currently planning the development of a state-of-the-art technology district in which a central cable car will play a key role in the mobility concept.

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“Financing & Funding” is the title of Part II on the first day. The focus is on private and public financing models for infrastructure projects and the necessary framework conditions that need to be in place. For example, Ingo Strater, Head of Sustainable Urban and Rural Mobility, Networks, Digital Municipal Transport Systems at the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport, will report on the “Funding framework and conditions for urban cable cars in Germany”. The federal funding programme could be used to finance a cable car in Duisburg, for example. A study has already confirmed the feasibility of the project, which would connect a new technology park to the main railway station. Another highlight will be a panel discussion in cooperation with the network partner IFC – International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) on PPP approaches. Moderator Ramatou Magagi from the IFC will be travelling from the headquarters in Washington to lead the discussion.

Part III of the Cable Car Congress on the second day of the trade fair is dedicated to the ideal planning and process flow for realising cable car projects in cities as quickly and efficiently as possible. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and Co-Chair of the global city network C40 Cities, will outline how mobility restrictions are to be overcome in the West African city by building an urban cable car as the backbone of local public transport.

Part IV concludes the congress with the topic “Operation & Best Practice”. It deals with the specific requirements of operating a cable car in urban areas and presents successful examples from the field. The focus here extends as far as South America. Sergio Astorga from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana will speak on the topic of “Economic and socio-ecological effects of cable cars in Mexico City”, while Cesar Portillo Arano, project manager at Mi Teleférico, the state-owned cable car operator in Bolivia, will share “Experience from the world’s largest cable car network in La Paz, Bolivia”. It covers a distance of 30 kilometres and is regarded as an international flagship project of the Austrian ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr, which is also exhibiting and sponsoring at Cable Car World, as are the ropeway manufacturers Bartholet and Leitner.

La Paz in Bolivien: 10 Linien auf 33 km Länge befördern täglich mehr als 300.000 Passagiere | © Doppelmayr

Additional information is available at: https://www.cablecarworld.com/speakerinnen