The Cable Car will carry 30 passengers to the Top of the Rock in 8 minutes.
The original Gibraltar Cable Car opened in 1966, however the Cable Cars in place today were purchased in 1986 when the entire Cable Car complex underwent a refurbishment.
Two new Cable Cars were installed each capable of carrying 30 passengers to the Top Station in approximately 8 minutes. An additional stop of 2 minutes at the Middle Station (Apes Den) makes the entire trip last some 10 minutes.
The method of operation was also upgraded so that the control system is now entirely automated. Staff are in attendance in each cabin as well as in the control room and are able to override the automatic system when necessary. Direct communication is possible between the Cable Cars and the Control room.
The entire electrical and mechanical system is inspected annually both by the Gibraltar Government and independently by the Swiss experts and original builders of the Cable Car, Von Roll Ltd.
The Top Station complex was also enlarged in 1986 to expand the cafeteria, add a bar and extend the number and size of the terraces.
The Top Station facilities now include:
Self-service cafeteria Souvenir shop Bar Bathrooms and Baby-changing facilities Viewing terraces Access to the Nature Reserve
Opening Hours 09:30hrs to 17:45hrs Daily. It should be noted that the last Cable Car up is at 17:15hrs and the last Cable Car down is at 17:45hrs.
Commencement of operations by Bland Cable Cars to the Top of the Rock. "At midday to-day (March 30th, 1966) His Excellency the Governor officially inaugurated the commencement of operations of Bland Cable Cars to the Top of the Rock."
Sir George Gaggero, Chairman of Bland Aerial Ropeway Ltd, stressed in his speech that this event was only a preliminary inauguration held with the purpose of giving the company an opportunity of thanking all those who had in some way contributed to achieving the realisation of this project and also to give those connected with the tourist trade an idea of what the venture had to offer.
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