Emirates Air Line Cable Car: London’s first cable car opens to public

By on Jun 30, 2012 in Europe, Sports, World Comments

The Emirates Air Line cable car, Britain‘s first urban cable car service, was reportedly opened to the public on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Emirates Air Line Cable Car
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The £62.6 million London cable car project has been described as the most expensive in the world. Emirates, a Dubai airline, shouldered £36 million of the total construction cost in return for a 10-year sponsorship deal.

About 2,500 commuters per hour can be transported by the 1.1-kilometer long cable car system. The ride cost £4.30 for adult and £3.20 for those with London‘s Oyster transport swipe cards.

Reports say that London Mayor Boris Johnson took one of the first rides on the cable car before it was made available to public commuters.

Taking the cable car will be a five-minute ride from Greenwich in southeast London to the Royal Docks in east London, thus, joining THE London Olympic venues on both sides of the river. The car provides a 360-degree view of the Canary Wharf financial district, Greenwich and its historic maritime and timekeeping sites, the Thames Barrier – one of the world’s biggest flood defense systems – and the Olympic Park.

Johnson described the Emirates Air Line cable car as “a must-see destination in its own right.” After his cable car ride, Johnson encourage others to “Get on this cable car immediately. It’s beautiful, worth every penny and a stunning piece of engineering,” he said after a taking a trip on it himself.

The cable car connects the O2 Arena in Greenwich, which is staging the gymnastics and the basketball finals, with the ExCeL exhibition centre in the Royal Docks area, which will host events including boxing, taekwondo and table tennis.

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