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Emirates Air Line - London

The Boris Dangleway


Opened to the public at midday on 27th June 2012, the London Emirates Air Line Cable Car now runs between two newly constructed terminals (Emirates Greenwich Peninsula by the O2 and Emirates Royal Docks beside the ExCeL conference centre) and will be capable of transporting up to 2,500 people in each direction per hour, in one of 34 cabins.

With the bulk of the construction work completed within a year, the new structure has a cable span of 1.1km (0.7ml) and is supported by three helix towers. At its highest point, passengers will be 90 metres (275ft) above the Thames.

Journeys take approximately five minutes during peak times, and approximately 10 minutes at other times, when transit will be purposefully slowed to accommodate tourists and leisure users experiencing the service.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor of London Boris Johnson lauded the service as: “A stunning addition to London’s transport network, providing a much-needed new connection across the Thames… [which supports] my ambitious plans to revive the neighbouring areas, which have been neglected for decades, creating jobs for Londoners and stimulating growth.”

Asked whether the route would fall out of favour once Olympics visitors had left the capital, the mayor responded that the cable car is vital in ensuring the long-term development and prosperity of the locality: “This area will undergo a tremendous transformation in the next 10-15 years; great economic growth has always been preceded by infrastructural development… [The journey] provides a panorama of some of the most opportunity-rich areas in the capital.”

Passengers wishing to try the service will be charged a cash fare of £4.30 one-way, or £3.20 if paying with an Oyster card. Children being charged £2.20 or £1.60 respectively and it will also be possible to buy a ‘frequent flyer’ boarding pass enabling regular commuters to make 10 single journeys for £16.

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Taken on July 1, 2012