The Cable Car as a Cost-Effective Transport Mode for Freetown

Freetown City Council is promoting a Cable Car as a mass transit system along the Freetown peninsular in order to address some of the cities most significant urban challenges. The project is to develop a Mass Transit Cable Car (MTCC) system in Freetown consisting of three stages: 1) Stage 1: 9 km route from Eastern Freetown to Central Business District 2) Stage 2: 5 km route from West Freetown to Central Business District 3) Stage 3: 4 km route linking the Eastern and the Western route via the hillsides around Freetown The proposal is to deliver part of Stage 1 (3.5 km) as a pilot line with an estimated capital cost of $35m. The pilot line will start in Kissy Ferry Junction, and will cross Mountain Cut/Upper Eastern Street and Kissy Road Market before finishing in the Central Business District. The key benefits of the MTCC project are: • Addressing climate change through reducing CO2 emissions and other forms of pollution associated with traffic congestion caused by low passenger occupancy public transport; • Reducing social isolation and improve community cohesion through better connectivity between informal communities and more established settlement and businesses. For example, in Medellin previously unsafe areas were significantly improved through increased activity and higher numbers of visitor to the area. • Providing integration with other public transport systems, such as the proposals for introducing a rapid but transit corridor along the main highway network in Freetown by creating hub and transit points with other modes such as the ferry port. • Increasing employee productivity by significantly reducing travel time in commuting for communities in hard to reach areas. The preliminary economic case for the Mass Transit Cable Car is predicated on improvements in journey time and accident reduction of the cable car line operating on eastern side of Freetown, which current locates many of the more deprived communities. The justification for the MTCC project over other mode options is to address the very high level of traffic congestion along the eastern corridor of the City of Freetown. The current and planned improvements to the road network are unable to adequately address the rate of urban growth. A recent study by the World Bank found that with urbanisation rate forecast to continue along the eastern corridor, by 2030 the corridor is forecast to have a max Passenger Per Hour Per Demand (PPHPD) of over 14,000 and at this level of demand would warrant mass transit solution to address the transport needs of the city. Other mass transits are outside the affordable envelope of FCC due to the level of capital investment and could cause extensive disruption to an already overbuilt city.   Presentation at Conference The Paper to be presented at the conference will highlight the process being undertaken by the Freetown City Council in engaging key stakeholders and gaining support and funding for the project. This will entail: • The Preliminary appraisal of the route choices undertaken with the support of a major cable car manufacturer. • Engaging with public authorities and other stakeholder groups in gaining support for the Cable Car project. • Identifying sites for the Cable Car station and seeking to maximise the cable car proposals by creating Transit Oriented Development and regenrating the CBD. • Exploring options for Public Private Finance for the Cable Car System. • Implementing a system for site and route alignment safe-guarding within the existing legislative framework in Sierra Leone.

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    • Abstract used by permission of Association for European Transport. Alternative title: The Cable Car as a Cost Effective Mode of Public Transport for the City of Freetown
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    Association for European Transport (AET)

    1 Vernon Mews, Vernon Street, West Kensington
    London W14 0RL,    
  • Authors:
    • Williams, Modupe
    • Ito, Rina
    • Li, Catherine
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  • Publication Date: 2020


  • English

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  • Features: Diskette; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference 2020

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  • Accession Number: 01768538
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  • Created Date: Feb 18 2021 4:19PM