Words by: Tahlia Sanders
Picture this: you, a suit-clad business(wo)man, commuting to work. You are gliding high above the tidy metropolitan streets of your city in an aerial cable car. Notice how the city is cleaner? The streets less congested? The commuters happier?
This vision could be set to become a reality in the near future, if David Vincent has his way. Vincent is a local businessman who currently works to run the Farmers’ Market on Manning. He believes that Perth could benefit from following in the footsteps of the European and South American cities that have used aerial tramways to drastically reduce their congestion and pollution issues.
Vincent has commenced talks with Leitner, the US supplier of many of the existing metropolitan cable car systems across the globe. The initial plans and artists impressions have been crafted for the proposed Perth system and the matter has already been discussed informally with government officials.
What Mr Vincent is proposing is a commuter cable car system that would potentially traverse between Burswood, the CBD and South Perth. The system would comprise of approximately $250 million worth of eight-person cable cars, and could move close to 7000 people per hour. While this cost estimate may seem excessive, keep in mind that the same budget has been allocated to extending Mitchell Freeway to Clarkson’s Hester Avenue.
According to Mr Vincent, cable cars provide a more environmentally friendly way for commuters to travel within the city, as well as helping reduce the strain on resources like inner-city parking and central roads. Cable cars have low operating costs and require a relatively small capital investment, considering the value they will continue to offer long after their installation. Additionally, the system proposed by David Vincent will serve as an aesthetically pleasing addition to the cityscape and a tourist attraction for Perth, particularly at night. He has suggested that the support towers of the system be decorated to look like large boomerangs and that the system be named in their honour: “The Perth Boomerang”.
In order to push his idea closer to fruition, Mr Vincent just needs financial assistance in his preparation of a business case to present to key decision-makers.
Source: The Weekend West