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, at every turn, in words and pictures and posts, the Mount Wellington cable car company argues that the mountain, frequently and frustratingly—especially when it is most desirably cloaked in snow—is "closed" whereas a cableway would provide "all-year, all-weather" access. Would it?

Our cableway will offer all weather, all-season access to our mountain.
— Mount Wellington cable car company
A cable car is not un-stopable or all-weather. It cannot reach the pinnacle in high winds, icy weather or at night.
— Mountain Preservation Society

The Road is closed a lot less often than most shops.

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No cableway could offer better access to the entire Mountain than the roadway. Not only has the roadway infinite stop-offs, all day and night open hours, almost never (fully) closed for maintenance or because of ice and snow, and at a fraction of the cost of a cable car ticket, but also, its load-carrying capacity is higher.

At peak need, how many people can the cable car carry? "Expect queues" warns the MWCC when perfect conditions coincide with public holidays. Users would queue for carpark space, queue for tickets—if they can get tickets—queue for the cablecar, queue in the cafe, and when it’s time to return expect to queue—and even longer delays.

last Man standing

Cable car supporters also argue that the cable car would provide better access for people with mobility difficulties and the very elderly mountain-lovers who, it is said, can no longer reach the summit, but would dearly love to. The idea that every singe person (The Last Man argument) regardless of infirmity must be obliged was repudiated by one of its intended. Christopher Spiegel “once enjoyed roaming far and wide across the mountain but [is] now disabled and growing more elderly by the hour” nevertheless “I would not like to see what I once enjoyed destroyed for a quick trip to the top. I would prefer never to have the chance to see it again rather than have that treasure taken from his grandchildren.” (Mercury (15/11/18) What son, what daughter, would not carry in their own arms if necessary, an ailing grandfather who desired to be one last time high in the mountains?

( Click on the image to enlarge)     The MWCC's map of the mountain shows only the Pinnacle Road and its six barrier gates, but the mountain can also be accessed by a network of tracks that are never closed. The mountain has never been blocked to the adventurous.

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The MWCC's map of the mountain shows only the Pinnacle Road and its six barrier gates, but the mountain can also be accessed by a network of tracks that are never closed. The mountain has never been blocked to the adventurous.

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