Largest urban ropeway on Eurasian continent opens to celebrations in Ankara
LEITNER ropeways builds urban ropeway in record time
Inhabitants of Ankara and visitors to the Turkish capital were presented with a new means of transport last Wednesday, the 19th of March. The detachable 10-passenger gondola lift from
LEITNER ropeways connects the neighborhoods of Şentepe and Yenimahalle to the subway network. It shows how innovative and architecturally ambitious ropeways can revolutionize urban transport. The execution of the project by LEITNER ropeways as general contractor took place in record time. Following signature of the contract in May 2013, the company successful overcame the time and logistical challenges involved. Alongside mayor Melih Gökçek, numerous other political representatives took part in the opening celebrations.
The largest urban ropeway project on the Eurasian continent is an impressive demonstration of the possibilities and advantages that the use of ropeways can offer in large cities. The 10-passenger gondola lift now connects the neighborhoods of Şentepe and Yenimahalle to the city's subway network. Mayor Melih Gökçek is convinced: "This new ropeway provides many benefits to the city of Ankara. For inhabitants of Yenimahalle in particular, today is a wonderful day, as traffic on the streets there will soon decrease significantly." The reduced traffic levels and increased use of the ropeway will aid the environment by producing fewer emissions. The city will also save up to 80 percent in operating costs in comparison to other passenger transport systems. Gökçek speaks of a "breakthrough in public transportation in Turkey" and sees the solution in Ankara as a good example for other cities in the country.
The detachable GD10 gondola lift with a total of four stations over 3,228 meters allows 2,400 people to be transported over each section and in each direction per hour. The cabins, equipped with seat heating, multimedia information systems and external lighting, offer an impressive view from up to 60 meters above the ground. In developing the project, LEITNER ropeways worked closely with its associate company LEITWIND. LEITWIND's experience in the construction of supports for wind generators allowed the execution of a project with such high supports in such a short time.
In addition to the 106 regular cabins, the ropeway also has two VIP cabins with leather seats, MP3 sound systems and coolers. After various test runs are carried out over the next 15 days, the ropeway will be entered into operation around the year from 6 am to 12 midnight every day. The stations are impressive as well: In addition to the unusual architecture, special LED systems provide special lighting effects during the night. During the construction phase, certain short-term changes within the project and local challenges and an impending municipal vote made work considerably more difficult. Nevertheless, LEITNER ropeways succeeded in completing the project in a record time of only six months. With the ropeway in Ankara, the company from South Tyrol has once again demonstrated its skills as the expert for individual, premium-quality client solutions.