a cable car would reduce access
If a cable car, with all its manifold negative impacts, could not provide better access to the mountain than the roadway, its case would collapse; and so the Mount Wellington cable car company argues that a cableway would offer the ultimate in access: "all-year and in all-weather". Would it?
How many places on the mountain would a cable-car access? Answer: One. The Pinnacle.
How many hours a night would a cable-car provide access? Answer: None. The cableway provides access only during business hours.
How many days is the cable car unable to provide any access? Answer: At least 16 days—if the MWCC's figures on maintenance and wind are accurate. And there is evidence that the MWCC has minimised the wind and maintenance disruption times.
How much will this access cost? Somewhere between $50 and $90 per person.
Compare these answers to the roadway: the Pinnacle Road has infinite stop-offs, is open night and day, is almost never (fully) closed for maintenance, is closed by snow or ice for less than 16 days per annum and costs about $4 in fuel for 4 people.
No cableway could offer better access to the entire Mountain than the roadway.
Any and every delay is frustrating to the impatient and there are arguments for a cableway but "all seasons, all-weather access" is not one of them.
closing The Pinnacle Road
The only way the cableway could provide better access would be if the road was closed, but no one is going down that road, are they? The MWCC is a major critic of the Pinnacle Road itself, claiming that it is worn out, dangerous and requires improvements that would cost millions. This, too, is misinformed.
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is rarely perfect
In MWCC videos, photos and text the Pinnacle is typically shown as perfectly comfortable: still, dry and warm; or with whispy, misty clouds and fresh snow—an impression crucial to the selling of the journey. Bureau of Metereology records tell a different story.
The Summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington is Hobart’s wettest place, one of the coldest places in Tasmania (but is infrequently snow-coated), is cloud-covered for 50% of the days of almost every month and holds the record for the highest wind speed in the state.
The cable car is designed to carry passengers high in the air through a gale—whole trees bending below you, flying twigs hitting the cabin, to a place with winds more severe.
Who will want to go up the Mountain in the freezing cold, stumble about in the fog until blown into an ice puddle?
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