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Wales is getting a massive new £34 million cable-car attraction

It will run from the coast to the top of a 633-foot hill

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

For those of you lucky enough to have travelled around New Zealand, there’s a fair chance you’ll have ridden on the huge cable-car system in the southern city of Queenstown, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding scenery.

Now a very similar attraction could be coming to the UKSkyline Enterprises, the New Zealand-based company that runs the Queenstown cable cars, plans to build a £34 million system in the Welsh city of Swansea.

The huge attraction will apparently come complete with luge runs, a sky swing and a zipline. It will run from the 633-foot Kilvey Hill to the coast, and Skyline hopes it will attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. 

However, the proposal comes after the Ebbw Vale lift, a similar cable car only 40 miles away, shut down after just eight years – raising concerns from locals that the demand won’t be there for a new one. 

The Labour-led Welsh government has agreed to put £4 million in the project. It hopes it will complement other regeneration projects in the area, as well as support economic growth and create year-round jobs.

However, the funding is dependent on the scheme being granted planning approval, so you’ll need to hold tight before planning any cable-car trips just yet.

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