The controversial Jungfrau V-bahn railway project gets green light overcoming opposition.
The Federal Office of Transport has approved a CHF400 million ($405 million) mountain railway project that will carry tourists faster up to the Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Alps. The project has been modified to appease local opponents who had raised environmental and aesthetic concerns.
At the heart of the controversial plan is a V-shaped cable car route that would allow more tourists to swiftly reach the Eiger Glacier station from where they can take the mountain railways to the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” tourist station.
Local authorities and residents of the Bernese Alps feared the “Eiger express” line, which would start from the village of Grindelwald, would disfigure the landscape. Seventeen objections were made but advocates gave up the fight in February accepting in exchange a donation for a good cause.
Article submitted on Aspen Times. – The proverbial bullwheel for a new chairlift at the base of Aspen Mountain’s west side, where Lift 1A is now, has been set in motion, now that developers and city planners have the go ahead to bring the alignment down to Dean Street — or close to it.
Aspen City Council on Tuesday gave direction to city staff, Aspen Skiing Co. and the developers of two lodge properties on the Lift 1A side of the mountain to move forward with their plans to reinvigorate the western portal of the ski area.
While a “telemix” — a combination of a chairlift and gondola — was recommended to start just in front of the 1940s-era Lift One bullwheel structure, council members said they were OK if the historic resource was moved in order to get the new platform closer to Dean Street, thus giving skiers easier access to the mountain.
Following the invitation of the Ministry of Economy, expert-instructors of the Doppelmayr will once again visit Georgia and provide additional inspection of the cableways installed by the Doppelmayr in Hatsvali, Goderdzi, Bakuriani and Gudauri resorts in the nearest future and make the cableways operators in Georgia undergo additional training in safety.
The decision was announced at the meeting of the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili and the representative of the Austrian Doppelmayr, Valery Yashin. Deputy Minister of Economy Genadi Arveladze and the Chair of the Mountain Resorts Development Company, Aleksandre Onoprishvili also attended the meeting.
As it was mentioned at the meeting, every employee operating at the cableways installed by the Doppelmayr is properly trained, but, however, in line with the recent accident in Gudauri, all the employees will undergo additional practical training, which involves practical exercises for developing skills to be used in extreme situations via the special simulator that the Doppelmayr will provide as well. All the employees will receive relevant certificates upon the completion of the training.
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