Cape Town’s Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has announced the dates of the 2020 annual maintenance shutdown. The Cableway will be closed for three weeks from Tuesday, 08 July to Sunday, 26 July 2020. For continued compliance with Swiss Governing Body for Cableways (Bundesamt für Verkehr, BAV) standards in terms of machinery specifications, maintenance requirements and procedures, extraordinary maintenance tasks require a shutdown and cannot be fitted into the Cableway’s regular operating schedule. The scope of work, in accordance with the BAV standards, for this years maintenance shutdown will include:
- Inspection, testing and replacement of loadbearing components in the cabins where necessary
- Maintenance of high-use items in the cabins, such as door mechanisms
- Complete service of braking systems situated in the Lower Station machine room
- Servicing of the main drive motor and gearbox
- Major service of the hydraulic systems at the lower and upper stations
- Maintenance of the docking guides and platforms
- Preparation of certain elements on the track ropes for the 2021 shutdown
- Upgrades to the interior of the Upper Station building
- Maintenance to the exterior of the Lower Station building
Visitors can still hike up Table Mountain at their own risk during maintenance shutdown, but cable cars and all facilities, including the Cableway’s restrooms, eateries and shops will not be open.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of Cape Town’s most popular tourist attractions with more than a million visitors using it to visit the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway offers visitors a variety of experiences, including meals with a view at the Table Mountain Cafe, free WiFi at the WiFi Lounge and free thirty-minute guided walking tours.