The welds of the pylons of the Toulouse cable car just needed a good brushing.
Tisseo Engineering, the delegated contracting authority for this unprecedented public transport infrastructure, announced on Thursday that a “thorough final inspection (…) made it possible to conclude that the welds of all the Téléo pylons were compliant”.
This final inspection was carried out on December 14 and 15 by the company Groupe Institut de Soulding. This specialist and independent had carried out an initial inspection, the conclusions of which, which raised “points of alert” to be checked with the manufacturer Poma, had leaked in November.
Tisséo Ingénierie explained at the time that it was a divergence of interpretation of the scans of the welds. A hypothesis confirmed today by the final check. “The first campaign of checks on the pylons, carried out without prior cleaning of the weld seams, revealed linear marks during the readings, potentially interpretable as welding defects”, specifies today the delegated contracting authority. But after a good brushing of the frames, the doubt is removed.
The prefect at the helm for the opening decision
The tests, with this aerial ballet of cabins which makes many curious people look up, can continue. The final step is to obtain permission from the prefect to open the cable car to the public. He is the sole master on board in this matter and will base his decision on the “Safety File” which will include the final report on the pylons of the Welding Institute.
The opening of the overhead line, which will connect the University of Sciences to the Oncopole via the University Hospital of Rangueil, is still scheduled for around the end of April.