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ArcelorMittal steel in France’s first urban cable car

France’s first urban cable car – being constructed in the city of Brest – will feature steel ropes manufactured by ArcelorMittal WireSolutions in Bourg-en-Bresse.

ArcelorMittal is the sole supplier of the ropes and is one of just two producers in Europe that integrates optic fibres in full-lock coil (FLC) to enable data transmission.

The company will supply two D25 mm haul ropes and four D50mm full lock coil ropes with 12 optical fibres in each rope – the latter of which allows several functions in the same component, enabling the customer to cut costs.

Once the reserve of ski resorts, cable cars are becoming popular ways to navigate cities around the world – from Rio de Janeiro, to London and Singapore.

With the Brest commuter population set to grow by 4,000 – and with only two bridges to get commuters across the Penfeld river – the cable car, set to be completed in the second half of the year, comes at an important time for the expanding city.

The cable car will also help improve access to the right-hand bank of the river, help expand the city centre, and provide an attractive link between the economic and residential centres of the two banks.

Several alternative transport methods were considered, including the addition of a third bridge, but cable cars stood out as the best solution, being twice less expensive than bridges, more environmentally-friendly, and one of the safest modes of transport.

Image credit: Martin Pettitt

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