TfL hangs hopes on £25m cable car

Transport for London has
unveiled plans for the UK’s first urban cable car which will
link the O2 to Excel London as part of a £25m
project.

The
proposals, which are currently under public consultation in collaboration with
the London Development Agency (LDA), include a privately-funded, fully
accessible cable car for pedestrians and cyclists which would cut travel times
between the two major venues, and be open ahead of the 2012
Games.

The cable
car could provide a crossing every 30 seconds carrying up to 2,500 passengers an
hour in each direction, equivalent to the capacity of 50 buses.

Mayor of
London, Boris Johnson, says of the scheme: “A
cable car spanning the majestic Thames would not only provide a unique and
pioneering addition to London’s skyline, but also offer a serene and
joyful journey across the river.

“It would
also provide a much needed enhancement of cross-river options to the east of the
city”.

The aim is
to fund the construction of the scheme entirely from private finance, and
discussions are ongoing with a number of private sector organisations that have
expressed interest in the project, according to
Johnson.

Paul Colston

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