Something brilliant in Palmerston North

13 05 2010

Over on the Gondola Project there is an interesting titbit about a thing called PalmyLink. What they’re calling an aerial ropeway, but otherwise known in New Zealand as a gondola. Also known as Cable Propelled Technology to others. From the Square along Fitzherbert Avenue, over the Manawatu River and up the hill to the University. Brilliant!!!

Look at this: Palmylink – have a look at the website and this video.

I hope it gets built – and extended to the train station and the airport (and the Capital Connection runs more than once a day). And I hope you can put your bike on it. It’ll be the 4th reason why Palmerston North is cool. Being truly clean and green it could be powered by the windfarms.

After all Palmerston North is the south of the North Island’s premier city.

It seems to bypass the Hokowhitu campus though. 😦




3 responses

13 05 2010

Hi guys – thanks for the endorsement. Bike carriers are the way to go. We’ll get to that during the Engineering Design phase.

There are consents, finance and such to go through yet.

As for Hokowhitu, I understand that the two campuses will be merged.


13 05 2010
Ryan O'Connor

Thanks for your support WRC.

What you can do with the cabins, is to have some customised, to have cycle storage inside. It is anticipated Palmylink will spur active transport in Palmerston North as it makes the end ‘trip destination’ closer i.e. opposed to cycling or walking the whole route, you can board the system and be at you destination in minutes, while enjoying a pleasant and scenic transport experience. Due to the incredibly high frequency of cabins, there is no waiting times. No need to coordinate with bus timetabling. This makes transport integration a breeze.

In regards to Hokowhitu Campus, very good point. However, Massey University has indicated a merger to the main Turitea Campus is very likely in near future. This adds another 900 people potential passengers to the end trip destination, that being Massey University enhancing viability.

We are attempting to partner with stakeholders to develop this exciting concept further, in which, we will assess route and station options. The underlying physical, demographic and transportation characteristics paint a compelling case for ropeway transportation.


Ryan O’Connor
Palmylink Promoter

14 05 2010
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