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Could cable cars really return?

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Every now and again a group of people decide they can — with hard work, hard-won expertise and doggedness — improve a city all by themselves.

Those determined to bring cable cars back to Dunedin’s High St are one such group, and step by step have been proving their considerable value.

Their latest step, reported in last Tuesday’s Otago Daily Times, has been to apply for $100,000 in feasibility study funding. If successful, the study would show whether the group’s tentative $23 million budget is realistic.

High St’s cable car service ceased in the 1950s. Since then what had been an symbol of Dunedin life became a curiosity of the past, replaced by quicker, more convenient buses and cars.

Which is why the need for a feasibility study is so imperative. Very few Dunedin residents would dislike the idea of cable cars again running up the purpose-built High St. But few would be willing to see such a service funded significantly through their rates.........

© Otago Daily Times