Plan for cable car attraction on Liffey

There are ambitious plans afoot to build a tourist attraction along the River Liffey in Dublin, inspired in part by the fabalous London Eye. A private consortium headed by Dublin property developer Barry Boland, is proposing to develop a cable car service along the Liffey Quays in Dublin, running between Heuston Station and Docklands.

The cable cars would transport sightseers at heights approaching 80 metres (264ft) above the river from the Guinness Brewery near Heuston to a terminal located near the planned national conference centre at Spencer Dock. Each of the four cable cars would have capacity for 25 people and the duration of a trip in either direction would be around 20 minutes.

The proposal which already has the plans drawn up, will now have to go through the usual planning process before it moves into development. However, it would appear that the Dublin City Council are in favour of such a development. I really would hate to see anyone objecting to this (there will no doubt be plenty), as it is a very unique and brilliant idea, that is sure to raise the profile of the city yet further in the global tourist market.


Here’s an artists impression of what the cars and their support structures will look like

3 Comments so far

  1. Ryan (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    This idea is absolutely dreadful. It would be a blight upon the skyline. I recognize that cities are dynamic entities and change is necessary for them to retain their vitality. But stringing a giant clothesline across the city is not the way to go about this.

  2. Piaras Kelly (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

    What? No credit for the Times?

  3. LaQuandah (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    Don’t you just love the way the artist’s impression just shows one slender support pylon and two teensy-weensy little cable cars (capacity for 25 people?). Ah, you’d hardly notice it at all, so you wouldn’t. How will the hen parties ascend to a height of 80 metres to board these contraptions? Will they be suspended over the river so that regurgitated WKD hits the water, not pedestrians?

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