We were almost there. While the Brest cable car (Finistère) was about to resume service, the machine seized up once again. It even practically derailed, since several pulleys of one of the two cabins have come loose from the cable traction during a night test on Wednesday, December 16, shortly before 3 a.m. The glass of the Jean-Moulin station was even damaged. In these conditions, it is inconceivable to restart commercial operations on Thursday.
As quickly as possible
In a joint statement that takes care to say as little as possible, the manufacturer Bartholet and the operator Bibus specify that a “Assessment of any damage related to this incident is underway. All parties continue to work to allow the cable car to be put back into service as quickly as possible, in complete safety and reliability.”
The Charlotte cabin will be taken down on Friday for a full inspection. At the same time, the break-in period could continue with the other cabin. Several weeks might be necessary before the technical service of ski lifts and guided transport (STRMTG) then the prefecture give the green light to restart the cable car, stopped since May 28 latest. After several successive postponements, no one dares to put forward a date or even a deadline.
Umpteenth cable car breakdown: Brest Métropole is raising the tone