Wednesday 22 October 2014

New bid to get Dublin cable car off ground

Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30

Proposed cable car service will run along the River Liffey
Proposed cable car service will run along the River Liffey

PLANS to build a cable car service along the River Liffey are to be considered again – eight years after being abandoned.

The idea for an "iconic" tourist attraction that would run from Dublin's Docklands west to Heuston Station is to be debated by Dublin City Council.

Developer Barry Boland first unveiled his vision for an €80m cable car that would rival the London Eye or Eiffel Tower in terms of status in 2006.

It was dubbed 'Suas' but the idea never took off.

Now, an updated version of the project will go back before council this afternoon to see whether councillors will support a motion that would allow Mr Boland to apply for planning permission for the project.

The project involves building four steel towers – two of which are 80 metres high or 40 metres shorter than the Dublin Spire – that would be used to hoist cable cars that would traverse the length of the river as a major tourist attraction.

"Some people like it, some people hate it," Mr Boland said yesterday.

Irish Independent

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