The cable car line serving between Ankara Metropolitan Municipality EGO General Directorate Yenimahalle–Şentepe Stations has been temporarily closed to service as of 19 March 21, as the physical conditions of the cable car cabins do not allow travel in accordance with social distance, within the scope of the Covid-2020 pandemic measures.
In our announcement dated June 8, 2021, it was shared with the public that the maintenance and inspection works of our cable car line, which has been closed for 15 months, have started again.
As of July 1, 2021, with the transition to the third stage of the gradual normalization process, the re-opening of the Yenimahalle-Şentepe Cable Car line has come to the fore if the necessary conditions are met. However, since the cable car operation has been closed for about 15 months, it was considered that opening the line without heavy maintenance would be inconvenient in terms of passenger safety and system security. For this reason, as of July 07, 2021, heavy maintenance works for the line have been started by our organization. The heavy maintenance work is expected to be completed within a month, as in previous similar studies.
In this context, after the last inspection by the maintenance company, it was determined by the company that the rope was out of safety standards due to broken and metal depletion in the rope running the first stage of the facility. In this framework, it was stated that the rope should be renewed in the 1.457-meter section between Yenimahalle and TRT Transmitter Stations, which is the first stage of the line.
Since the new rope production will take 3,5-4 months and requires a high cost, a French expert with international certification was contacted to investigate the possibility of using the existing rope by repairing it. We have been informed that the expert was able to get permission for August 2, 2021 due to the rules implemented by France for our country within the scope of the pandemic and will start work on August 3, 2021. If the usability of the rope is approved as a result of the examination, analysis and test processes to be carried out by the expert, all the processes will be completed in ten days and will be guaranteed for one year. In this case, the cable car line is planned to be opened before 30 August.
If, as a result of the examination by the expert, it is determined that the existing rope is unusable, a new rope will be ordered. It will be possible to supply the rope within 3,5-4 months from the order date. In this case, our cable car line will be able to open towards the end of November.
The safety of the people of Ankara comes first for us. The ropeway system has been heavily overhauled three times so far, and each maintenance took one month. At each heavy maintenance, the system was stopped and closed for a month. During this period, transportation of our passengers was provided by buses.
As an alternative to the Yenimahalle-Şentepe Cable Car line, which was suspended as of March 21, 2020, with the start of the pandemic process, taking into account public health;
By increasing the current service numbers of our vehicles with line number 271 Yenimahalle Metro-Şentepe, the number of 3 shuttles provided with a total of 2 vehicles, 5 solo and 60 bellows, before the process, taking into account the restrictions in passenger capacity usage rates and the days and hours when the curfew is applied; It has been increased to an average of 5 vehicles with a total of 2 vehicles with 7 solo and 69 bellows.
This service, which is provided with our line 271 in order to meet the transportation demand in the region, will continue uninterruptedly during the maintenance of our ropeway line.
In addition, in our bus line, which operates as an alternative to the cable car line, instantaneous surveillance will be made by the Fleet Tracking Center and field supervisors, depending on the passenger density, and public transportation will be provided immediately without making any of our citizens suffer.