Developer HB Reavis wants to build a cable car to connect the biggest housing estate in Bratislava, Petržalka, with the new bus station. The developer will start building the new bus station, Stanica Nivy, combining a transport interchange and a shopping centre, in July. The cable car would be a bonus to the bus station project which is costing €345 million, the Sme daily wrote.
The investor has been discussing the possible form of the cable car, costing €50 million, with several companies and is reviewing at least six variants. Similar cable cars already run in Singapore, Lisbon, Barcelona and London.
“Nothing is finally decided yet; it is a proposal waiting for approval,” said Martina Jamrichová, spokesperson for HB Reavis, as cited by Sme.
The cable car would be a supplementary solution to transport in the city.
“The ambition is to integrate it into the public transport system,” said Jamrichová.
Bratislava Integrated Transport (BID) considers the idea to be interesting as it would connect the biggest city borough with the most visited part of the city.
“Within the development of integrated transport we are open to all opportunities for improvement of public transport in the whole region, including those less traditional, which will serve not only regular travellers but also visitors,” said Marian Rovenský, CEO of BID.
But several Bratislavans are sceptical and think that the city has other problems to deal with before constructing a cable car. Also because of this, the Bratislava regional government, which supports the ideal of the cablecar, will organise an expert conference about it during the first week of April. It will invite representatives of the city, investors and experts in transport.
Bratislava city council is rather cautious.
“Bratislavans already have various experiences with a number of promises, ideas and visions,” said Michal Lukáč from the press department of the Bratislava city council.
Thus until a tangible proposal with concrete solutions for connection to the main transport systems in the city, assessment of its impact on transport, a proposal for acquisition and settlement of land, as well as financing is on the table, the city council will perceive it as a vision, not a project, added Lukáč.
The city council would welcome a wider discussion about such plans.
“We are not against the pro-active proposals of developers, they can bring good things,” said Lukáč. “But in the case of such a fundamental thing, coordination with specialised departments of the city as well as the lay public is important.”
Parameters of the cablecar
The transport capacity of the cable car would be between 3,000 and 4,000 people per hour. The investor is considering two versions of the cabins - for 10-15 people or for 30-35 people. The ride from one Danube embankment to the opposite side should last eight minutes. The cable car line would start near the Economic University and end at the new bus station. Another two stops may be at the opposite ends of the Apollo Bridge.