The Brest cable car system

The Brest cable car system

a floating bridge above the city

France
  • The Brest cable car system
    The Brest cable car system
  • The Brest cable car system
    The Brest cable car system
  • The city authorities selected the project put forward by Bouygues Construction and Bartholet (a group specialising in cable cars) to build the Brest cable car system. The cable car system offers a 360° panoramic view over the Penfeld river. It takes just three minutes to complete a 400 m journey in the cable cars. Each 13 m2 car has a 60-person capacity. Open 358 days a year, the cable cars can transport up 675,000 people each year.

  • Sales Director for Major Projects at Bouygues Travaux Publics, Frédéric Godin, highlights that: “This line will form part of the existing public transport network. This means that specific standards will have to be met, ranging from operational safety to accessibility for people with reduced mobility and for bikes, for example.” 

  • The cable car system will serve first and foremost as a city mode of transport, as well as being a tourist attraction for Brest. A military base is located on the banks of the Penfeld, meaning that residents currently have the choice of two bridges to cross the river. Both are very busy during rush hour. Users will be able to reach the Plateau des Capucins area from the city centre using the cable cars from the left bank of the river. The Plateau des Capucins is located on a rocky headland closed off to the north and east by the Penfeld, and to the south by two docks for ships.

  • The Brest cable car system has some unique features. The 60-person capacity cars, designed to withstand winds of up to 110 km/h, don't cross side by side, but rather one above the other. “With our partner, we were able to offer a specific system – the SDMC (‘saut de mouton à câble’) cable overpass system. The cars pass one over the other in this system, rather than side by side. This means that the cars always arrive in the same spot. It’s a back and forth system, making things easier for passengers and allowing for smaller stations,” explains Frédéric Godin, Sales Director for Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France. The tinted windows are another unique feature of the Brest cable car system. The sturdy glass darkens when approaching residential buildings to respect residents’ privacy. This mode of public transport is designed to meet the needs of city dwellers, with guaranteed accessibility for people with reduced mobility and for passengers with bikes or pushchairs.

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    Context
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    Testimony
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    Ambitions
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    Innovation
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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  5. 5
    Video
  • The city authorities selected the project put forward by Bouygues Construction and Bartholet (a group specialising in cable cars) to build the Brest cable car system. The cable car system offers a 360° panoramic view over the Penfeld river. It takes just three minutes to complete a 400 m journey in the cable cars. Each 13 m2 car has a 60-person capacity. Open 358 days a year, the cable cars can transport up 675,000 people each year.

  • Sales Director for Major Projects at Bouygues Travaux Publics, Frédéric Godin, highlights that: “This line will form part of the existing public transport network. This means that specific standards will have to be met, ranging from operational safety to accessibility for people with reduced mobility and for bikes, for example.” 

  • The cable car system will serve first and foremost as a city mode of transport, as well as being a tourist attraction for Brest. A military base is located on the banks of the Penfeld, meaning that residents currently have the choice of two bridges to cross the river. Both are very busy during rush hour. Users will be able to reach the Plateau des Capucins area from the city centre using the cable cars from the left bank of the river. The Plateau des Capucins is located on a rocky headland closed off to the north and east by the Penfeld, and to the south by two docks for ships.

  • The Brest cable car system has some unique features. The 60-person capacity cars, designed to withstand winds of up to 110 km/h, don't cross side by side, but rather one above the other. “With our partner, we were able to offer a specific system – the SDMC (‘saut de mouton à câble’) cable overpass system. The cars pass one over the other in this system, rather than side by side. This means that the cars always arrive in the same spot. It’s a back and forth system, making things easier for passengers and allowing for smaller stations,” explains Frédéric Godin, Sales Director for Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France. The tinted windows are another unique feature of the Brest cable car system. The sturdy glass darkens when approaching residential buildings to respect residents’ privacy. This mode of public transport is designed to meet the needs of city dwellers, with guaranteed accessibility for people with reduced mobility and for passengers with bikes or pushchairs.

The Brest cable car system Brest – The first of many cable cars to come in France?

The urban cable car system is the new mode of transport popular with city authorities. It has up to now been reserved for the mountains, but today, the idea is being taken up in cities, following a ruling in 2015 dealing with residents’ issues with aerial transport. Cable car systems are less intensive and cheaper to set up than tram lines, so we should see many more to come in the near future.

 

The Brest cable car system offers a stunning view of Brest. The cable cars are part of the public transport network in the greater Brest metropolitan area. They are the first cable cars in France to be operated in an urban setting. Foreign cities like Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Algiers have already added cable cars to their urban transport systems. In France, they're still mainly restricted to the mountains.

The Brest cable car system An environmental solution

According to elected representatives in the Brest Métropole Océane municipality, the cable car system is the cheapest technical solution compared to other systems like transport bridges, road bridges, or mobile footbridges. CO2 emissions are said to be 30% lower than that of a car both per kilometre and per passenger.

The Brest cable car system A good example of working in partnership

Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France and Bouygues Bâtiment Grand Ouest had to understand both the specifics and requirements of the innovative project. They called on the expertise of Bouygues Energies & Services for concerns relating to high and low voltages.

 

“We worked with Bouygues Travaux Public and Bouygues Bâtiment as real partners, rather than simple subcontractors. We gave advice, made suggestions, and communicated constructively to develop the project together. We created a relationship based on trust," added Pascal Couturier, Project Manager at Bouygues Energies & Services.

In shortThe Brest cable car system
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