Amsterdam City Council Gives Support for IJbaan Cable Car Amsterdam City Council Gives Support for IJbaan Cable Car
News - 8 October 2021

Amsterdam City Council Gives Support for IJbaan Cable Car

The Municipality of Amsterdam officially gave its support for the IJbaan Cable Car at a signing ceremony on Thursday, bringing the project one step closer to being built.

Amsterdam’s traffic alderman Egbert de Vries signed his support for the IJbaan Cable Car project, marking the first time that the municipality has occupied a formal position on the creation of this new, green transport system in the Dutch capital.

UNStudio’s Founder and Principal Architect, Ben van Berkel, attended the official signing ceremony on October 7, alongside representatives of the municipality, the IJbaan Foundation, which was the grassroots citizen’s initiative that proposed the cable car, and Arcadis, advisors on the project.

“I’m incredibly pleased that the municipality has given its official support for this extremely sustainable public transport system,” said Van Berkel, adding that the project will also help relieve growing congestion.

“Amsterdam is growing enormously and such an 'air bridge' contributes to the development of the entire region. Transport by air also relieves the increasing pressure on traffic and the existing transport network on the ground. It is not only efficient but also fun. People are going to see and experience their city in a whole new way,” he said.

The IJbaan Foundation highlighted the aim and importance of the project for Amsterdam’s future mobility needs.

“The cable car is intended to provide a better connection between West and North. This could be crucial for the future Port-City district, where car use is discouraged,” the foundation said.

Prior to the event, the project’s co-initiator Bas Dekker also stressed how important this step by the municipality was, saying it “gives the plan a huge boost.”

“We are aiming for a fully-fledged public transport connection, not a tourist attraction,” he explained, adding that it will be “a useful addition to the planned bridges and existing ferries.”

Under the signing, the original route of the cable car has been slightly shifted to make way for a planned bridge, and extended to connect with the Isolatorweg metro station. The Municipality of Amsterdam will also now take over part of the feasibility study, at the request of the City Council. Alongside the Amsterdam Transport Region, they will estimate how many passengers will use the cable car.

However, the agreement with the municipality does not mean that the city will also contribute financially to the project’s construction; the estimated costs of around 120 million euros will have to be raised from private investors.

The IJbaan cable car is intended to be Amsterdam’s fast, green and future-proof public transport network. The route will run over the IJ waterway and link two growing residential areas: Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord / NDSM.

UNStudio’s initial design for the cable car included three pylons and two stations, but was created with flexibility in mind, so that the route could easily be expanded to include a third station.

You can read more about the project here.

And explore more of the benefits of urban cable cars here.

Rendering: Plompmozes