Cable car service at the Likoni crossing

The Kenya Ferry Service is in the process of setting up an express cable car service at the Likoni crossing that will link Mombasa Island and the mainland.

The Likoni Cable Car project will help in reducing jams and at the same time boost tourism in the south coast by providing a complimentary pedestrian crossing for Likoni Channel and help address problems of delays.

With a capacity of 11,000 commuters per hour in both directions, tourists to and from South Coast will no longer be delayed. The infrastructure is also a tourist attraction in itself and offers panoramic views of the entire Mombasa region from 100 metres.

The project is sponsored by Trapos Limited who has contracted Doppelmayr, a Swiss/Austrian specialist company that manufactures chairlifts, cable cars, gondolas, surface tows for ski and amusement parks as well as urban transport systems, to provide project technology; and CFC Stanbic Bank to arrange for project funding.

The project is estimated to cost Sh3.6 billion (USD41 million).

It is expected the project would begin by September 2015 with the construction of towers, stations and connecting network cables along the route. The project, which will be the pilot and key contributor to the larger Mombasa Integrated Mass Transit Plan, is expected to be fully completed and commissioned by December 2016.