The Significance of Building Cable Cars with respect to Huddersfield, U.K.
A cable car can be defined as a transportation system that uses rail cars which are being hauled in a continuous manner by a single moving cable that normally runs at a constant speed. Cable cars can be either aerial or run or cable rails. Cable cars that run on cable rails are commonly found in major cities around such as San Francisco. Aerial cable cars are commonly found in mountainous areas or in regions where there is heavy snow. Cable cars are primarily used as a means of transportation. In cities they are primarily used by commuters who have to get from one place to another. The history of cable cars runs back to the 19th century in London, England where it was operated by rope but the technology failed due to the wear and tear of the rope. The technology soon spread to parts of America such as New York, where it proved cumbersome and later to San Francisco. The cable cars in San Francisco represent the oldest and the largest cable car transportation system that is currently in operation globally. They operate permanently. Cable cars can further be categorised into traditional and modern cable car systems. The traditional cable car systems are still operated in a manual manner with the driver being the key operator. They run in traffic within the streets. On the other hand, modern cable car systems operate automatically and are reserved their own way in the streets. Modern car cable systems are operated in majority of developed countries around the world such as France, Italy and the US. The reason for putting this down this paper is to conceptualize and develop the idea of building a cable car system in Huddersfield, United Kingdom from the need, the materials to be used and the creation of the design.
During the course of the study, a light bulb went off and vividly thought it is a wise idea to bring the concept of cable cars in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. Huddersfield is currently the eleventh largest city in the United Kingdom. It is sandwiched between the cities of Leeds, Manchester, Bradford and London. It has played a great role in the industrial revolution of the U.K. as well as the political history being the birthplace of one of the U.K’s prime minister. The primary modes of transport in Huddersfield include road, canal, rail and bus. The city of Huddersfield is meticulously planned and building a cable car system in the city will not require enormous amounts of capital and manpower to build the plan from the ground up. The path upon which the rail roads will pass through can be easily be drawn up. The primary reason that can be advanced for building a cable car system in the city of Huddersfield, U.K. is increased urbanisation. Rapid urbanisation is brought about when people are moving from rural areas to urban areas as well as urban to urban migration. The large settlement of people, continuously and cumulatively piles up pressure on the existing transport infrastructure necessitating the need for expansion of the available transportation facilities.
Another reason for putting up a cable car system in Huddersfield is that due to advancements of modern technology will result in fewer emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases that lead to global warming. Cable car systems are energy efficient. Since the contemporary society has to move in tandem with the tectonic shifts in the wave of technology, the technology that will be deployed will lead to the construction of a modern cable car system. The modern car cable system that will be deployed will be automatic. It will run on its own reserved path along the streets. The systems to be put in place will be engineered with the utmost precision since there is no room for errors as human lives are at stake. The materials that will be used include iron rails, copper cables, brakes, software and a powerhouse/cable house. Sourcing the materials for the site will be easier as they are within reach from the industrial town of Huddersfield. Building of the modern car cable will lead to enormous growth of the economy of Huddersfield city. The construction of the modern car cable system will create jobs at the construction and the car cable will regularly require maintenance during operation to keep it afloat and prevent it from breaking down. The feasibility study of the project puts forward that the modern car cable system will create enormous economic benefits locally which will reverberate across the country and other cities. The commuters will be able to commit quickly and safely from point to another without losing precious productive time in the traffic and jams. The project is likely to attract financiers from major financial institutions in Britain, the Huddersfield City Council and the national government. The design will be created by modelling the new Huddersfield car cable system with existing ones from France, Italy and the US which have made major strides in the improvement of the car cable transport system. The picture below shows the Great Orme Tramway Tram No.4 Descending Old Road.
The design has to be thoroughly perfected and imbued with the principles and practice of modern engineering. The project has gone through various stages for it to be approved and given the green light for commencement of the construction. The project may be held back for months if not years in government’s bureaucracy and red tape. However, there are plans for presentation of the project to the City Planners who one way or another may be carried away by it. This project will put another mark in the city of Huddersfield besides other achievements that the city is associated with. This project is simply a masterpiece.
Cable car transport systems offers one of the most effective and efficient modes of transport if implemented with the utmost degree of precision. It helps in solving transportation and commuter problems in urban cities. However, the project has to be coupled with economic and financial feasibility. The project has to deliver strong returns in terms of revenue and profits. Modern car cable systems generate handsome profits particularly in the city of California. The project has to repay the debts with which it was constructed. Otherwise, if it proves to be white elephant, it has to wound up due to inadequate or lack of returns.
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