A Transport for London initiative, the Thames Cable Car is a recent addition to the East London skyline and was opened as recently as 2012. It links the Royal Victoria Docks on the north bank of the River Thames to the Greenwich Peninsula on the south bank. It effectively connects two of London’s most important venues – The O2 Arena and the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre. The cable run is 1.1 km supported by 3 significant pylons, one of which is actually located within the River Thames some 68 metres from the south bank.
It was operational in time for the 2012 London Olympics. Designed as a mainstream transport solution it has become a major tourist attraction in its own right. The cable reaches an apex height of 90 metres (295ft) and provides spectacular views of London and the River Thames. The average journey time is about 10 minutes reduced to five during the rush hour. The line runs with 34 passenger gondolas each of which can carry 10 passengers resulting in a system capacity of 2,500 people per hour.
It was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Expedition Engineering and Buro Happold. Once plans were approved, it was constructed by a consortium that included Mace (Macro) and the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group. The project eventually cost Transport for London around £60 million which is underwritten by a £36 million sponsorship agreement with the Dubai-based Emirates Airline Company. As part of the sponsorship agreement, the cable car was rebranded as the ‘Emirates Air Line’. It is operated by Transport for London and is the first cable car system in Britain to operate in an urban environment.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Bulls Cross Ride (Rd), Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire, England, EN7 5HS
+44 (0)1992 620 604
- Address: Western Gateway, Victoria Dock Rd, London, England, United Kingdom, E16 1GB
- GPS: 51.5099375,0.02645570000004227
- Phone: 0044 (0)343 222 1234
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: E16 1GB
- Entrance Fees: Charges Apply
- Disabled Access: Very Good - Step free access.
- Visibility from Road: Excellent
- Image Credits: Paul Vincent