Llandudno Cable Car

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Llandudno Cable Car
Great Orme cable car, Llandudno - geograph.org.uk - 1406487.jpg
Overview
StatusOperational
LocationLlandudno, Wales
TerminiHappy Valley
Great Orme Summit
Open1969
Operation
OwnerLlandudno Cable Car Ltd
Technical features
Line length5,320 ft (1,620 m)
NotesGondola lift
Electric motor powering cable bullwheel

The Llandudno Cable Car is an attraction in the seaside resort of Llandudno in Conwy County Borough, Wales.[1] The cable car runs along the Great Orme spanning a distance of one mile forty feet (1.622 km) exactly. The cable car was opened in summer 1969, and has been operational ever since. The cabins give views of the Irish Sea looking over to Rhyl and the Isle of Man, as well as the Snowdonia National Park. There are currently 20 cabins in service, which leave each station at approximately one-minute intervals. The cabins are painted in red, yellow, orange, light blue and purple. The cable car is now owned by Kinetics Industrial Ltd. The highest point from the ground is around 80 feet (24.38 m). Nine pylons support the cable.

Location[edit]

The lower station is situated on Aberdeen Hill in Happy Valley Gardens. The station is visible from the promenade and Llandudno Pier. Access, via some steps, is not suitable for wheelchair users. The upper station is next to the actual summit of the Great Orme. The cable car is visible from many locations surrounding Llandudno.

Weather restrictions[edit]

The cable car cannot operate in wind speeds of over 22 mph (35 km/h) because of safety restrictions. It is often much calmer in Happy Valley but the wind is unpredictable at the summit, resulting in closures which may last a few minutes or a whole day. The cable cars also cannot operate in thunderstorms and might close if rain is too heavy.

The cable cars normally operate from the beginning of the Easter holidays to the end of the October half-term school holiday.

Incidents[edit]

On 6 April 2007, a 33-year-old Polish woman fell to her death from a gondola at the route's highest point.[2] A subsequent inquest recorded a verdict of suicide.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billing, Joanna (2004). The Hidden Places of Wales. p. 58.
  2. ^ "Cable car death investigated". BBC News. 8 April 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Woman's cable car 'suicide' jump". BBC News. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

Coordinates: 53°19′45″N 3°49′45″W / 53.3293°N 3.8293°W / 53.3293; -3.8293