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Le Fayet area in Saint Gervais and the new valley lift

Posted by FindHomeAbroad on March 25, 2022

Originally inspired by the Funiflaine, a cable car link that will see the light in the Arve Valley, the construction of the Saint-Gervais valley lift (Haute-Savoie) is progressing rapidly. The filing of the building permit is being finalised, the objective is to lay the first stone in the summer or autumn of 2022 for completion in December 2023. This 10-seater gondola will connect Le Fayet train station to the town centre of Saint -Gervais, 230 m above, i.e. a 1.8 km route. It will operate in winter and summer, with an average flow of 1,600 people per hour and a capacity that can be adjusted according to the number of people. Also part of the project is to have a second link to the Bettex and Mont d’Arbois ski areas to replace the current Bettex lifts.

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This transport will be used by holidaymakers (skiers, trekkers, bikers) but also by schoolchildren and residents of Le Fayet neighbourhood for their daily commute journeys. V-shaped, the departure station of the lift, located in Le Fayet, will house from December 2024 another gondola, aimed at tourists (including skiers of course) this one, replacing the cable car which, since 1984, has reached the Bettex plateau at 1,450 m high. The second part will link le Bettex (and possibly Mont d’Arbois) ski area.“The new station that will accommodate these two devices is part of a coherent mobility plan. This departure point will be located near the Mont-Blanc tramway station (also in Le Fayet), the tramway which leads to the Eagle’s Nest, and next to the railway station for both national traffic (connection with Paris) and international (trains to Geneva and Martigny, in Switzerland).», notes Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of Saint-Gervais.

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Proven technologies. The investment amounts to €14 million for the Valléen lift and €20 million for the Saint-Gervais – Le Bettex gondola. As part of a State-Region-backed plan, it will be supported one-third by the region and one-third by the local area (department). The balance will be provided by the Société des Téléportés Bettex-Mont d’Arbois (STBMA), the company managing the Saint-Gervais ski lifts, which intervenes within the framework of an agreement of public service signed in 2019 with the town hall. “We rely on proven technologies. The main challenge is the centralisation of user interfaces: we want the Valléen lift to operate autonomously as much as possible to limit staffing needs, particularly during off-peak periods”, specifies Alexandre Merlin, general manager of the private company.

The STBMA entrusted the company DCSA with the technical project management and design of the stations. The one linking Le Fayet to St Gervais town centre will be inspired by the architecture of the St Gervais palaces of old with a large glass roof, mineral and four-sided roofs. In Le Fayet, parking capacity will be tripled with the creation of around a hundred spaces this year, followed by a car park with 500 spaces.
“We are considering the creation of related activities as well, such as a coworking space, indoor skiing, a mountain climbing structure, a hotel, a virtual exhibition space promoting the heritage of the Pays du Mont-Blanc”, continues Jean-Marc Peillex.
Not to mention the new links within the train stations with the railway company SNCF estimated at €32 million.

Source Le Moniteur

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