Project Description

The Wuppertal suspension railway is well known far beyond the city limits.

Now a new project has been considered: a cable car that connects the main station with the school centre Wuppertal-Cronenberg/Küllenhahn and also stops at the university campus Grifflenberg. It can overcome the demanding topography of Wuppertal comparatively easily and connect the centre in the valley with the higher parts of the city.

The project is not uncontroversial, as the cable car runs almost completely over inhabited areas. For this reason, the city of Wuppertal decided to involve the residents in the questions as to whether the planning of a cable car should be continued. The main focus was on the following points:

Overview of current plans; Urban integration of the cable car into the existing fleet; integration of the cable car into existing local public transport; environmental friendliness and emissions of cable cars; impact on residents (shadow cast, privacy, loss of value of land); investments and operating costs.

The team of the nexus Institute has been working on the site with the proven participation procedures planning cells and citizen’s assessments. The citizens’ report summarised the recommendations of a total of around 50 randomly selected Wuppertalresidents. The report was handed over to the city on 4 November 2016. The cable car is one of 13 projects in the “Wuppertal 2025” strategy. The aim was to ensure that the city remains attractive in the future and that the quality of life for the inhabitants is further improved.

Duration:08/2016 – 12/2016
Client: City of Wuppertal
Employees: Nicolas Bach (project manager), Charlotte Hegel

Citizens’ report
Client: City of Wuppertal
Authors:48 citizens of the city of Wuppertal
Independent implementing body, publication, summary of texts, diagrams and tables: Nicolas Bach and Charlotte Hegel, nexus Institut
Design: böing design

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