World's highest cable car in motion in Bolivia

An Austrian company has constructed the first part of the cable railway line, connecting the cities of La Paz and El Alto

An Austrian company has begun building the world’s highest cable car network in Bolivia. 

The Bolivian President Evo Morales on Friday opened the first part of the cable railway line, which stretches for 2.6km (1.6 miles), The Local reported.

Passengers are now able to travel between the capital La Paz and El Alto – a journey through the Andes mountains at a height of 4,000m (13,000ft) above sea level.

Travelling by the cable car, which was constructed by the Austrian company Doppelmayr for $234 million (£140 million), takes under 10 minutes, compared to more than half an hour by road.

“It is a joy that this cable car line is finished,” Mr Morales said.

“It's important work for the residents of La Paz.”

After the inauguration ceremony, people queued to be among the first to ride in the cable car.

Upon completion the cable railway line will stretch nearly 10km (six miles) – the first section is about 2.6 km long.

La Paz and El Alto are among the first 10 cities in the world to have an inter-city cable transport system.

The cars, which can carry up to 10 passengers, will run 17 hours a day, 360 days a year and can transport up to 18,000 people an hour, officials have said.

A standard ticket costs three bolivianos (£0.26).