The original Kelburne & Karori Tramway Company formed in 1898, was sold to the Wellington City Council in 1947 and was incorporated into the City's passenger transport operations. In 1991 with the deregulation of the bus industry, the council sold its bus and trolleybus operations to the Stagecoach Group. The cable car and overhead trolley-bus wire network however, remained in Council ownership and Wellington Cable Car Limited was formed as a Council Controlled Organisation. The business has 2 distinct operations one operating and maintaining the cable car which since 2007 includes all the Operational staffing, and the other, Traction Services managing the infrastructure for the overhead trolleybus network.
Wellington Cable Car Limited (WCCL) is a council controlled organisation (CCO) owned by Wellington City Council (WCC).
The company proudly owns, operates and maintains Wellington's iconic Cable Car and the unique Trolley Bus DC overhead electrical network.
The Cable Car carries in excess of 1,000,000 passengers a year and runs every ten minutes between Lambton Quay and Kelburn, for the benefit of local residents and tourists alike.
The Trolley Bus traction system is used throughout the city and outer suburbs and was once designed for use by the trams but is now exclusively used by Wellington's Trolley Buses.
There has been a long association between the operation and maintenance of the DC traction system and the electricity undertaking within Wellington. At one time, these were both part of the same Wellington City Council Department - Electricity and Tramways Department.