East London’s cable car to open next week

July 11th, 2012

Commuters and tourists alike will be able to cross the Thames in east London using a multimillion-pound cable car system from next week.

The Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car, will begin running services across the river from midday on Thursday, June 28, it has been announced.

It will be able to move 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, the locations of the O2 and the ExCeL London exhibition centre.

The 1.1km river crossing will operate until 9pm every day, opening at 7am on weekdays, 8am on Saturdays and 9am on Sundays. It could also run for extended hours during the Olympic Games or while there are special events on at local venues.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “On 28 June this spectacular new addition to London’s skyline will provide a much needed new river crossing in the east of our great city.

“It will open up access to jobs in the Royal Docks enterprise zone and attract businesses and investors to a previously under exploited area.

“The Emirates Air Line is part of my plan to develop a package of new river crossings in east London and transform the surrounding area into a vibrant new metropolitan quarter that will attract new jobs, homes and enterprise.”

Cable cars running across docklands to Greenwich, south London

A single fare will cost £3.20 using an Oyster card, but regular passengers will be able to make 10 single journeys for just £16, which will be ideal for commuters using the service on a daily basis. Ticket offices and vending machines will be located at both Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks.

The Emirates Air Line is part of Johnson’s plan to regenerate east London and attract investment into the area. the project has created 50 jobs at Mace Macro, who operate the cable car, while half of these workers come from the local area.

ExCeL London managing director David Pegler said: “The cable car represents another significant infrastructure investment in Docklands which will make a major impact on ease of accessibility to ExCeL.

“It gives direct access from ExCeL to the O2’s extensive social facilities, bars and restaurants.

“As the world’s most popular music venue, this offers huge opportunities for event organizers and their visitors to create an exciting after hours destination.

“As the cable car becomes a leading visitor attraction it will also create substantial new awareness opportunities for ExCeL and further dispel perceptions regarding ease of travel around the area.”

A spokesman for transport watchdog London TravelWatch said: “The service offers a quick new way to get from Greenwich to the ExCeL, which is likely to bring tourists into east London and open up opportunities for people who work at either of the locations it serves.”

East London’s cable car to open next week

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