East London cable car project team moves into Excel London

The project team for the new East London cable car, which will span the Thames river and provide links to London Excel and The O2 event venues and their respective underground stations, has moved into Excel.
 
The privately funded £40m project will enable an estimated 2,500 people to make the five-minute crossing per hour. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it will provide a ’low emission’ addition to the capital’s transport network.
 
“The cable car team came onsite to start construction with the aim of opening in Spring 2012,” Excel London MD David Pegler said. “It will become an iconic landmark for London but will also further enhance our transport links to the venue.
 
“For our visitors and clients, this now gives them further after hours options to enjoy the 20 or more bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities at The O2. Not only that, but it means visitors will be able to use the Thames Clippers to come down the river and then use the cable car from The O2 to get to Excel.”
 
A consortium of contractors has been appointed to build and operate the cable car for three years. Construction consultancy Mace is heading up a team including Dopplemayr, Watson Steel, URS Scott Wilson, Buro Happold and Aedas.
 
In April, the Mayor Johnson confirmed work was to begin this summer on bringing the £50m cable car project to life in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
 
Transport for London (TfL) hopes to recoup as much of the £25m cost as possible through advertising, sponsorship, naming rights and fare revenue. The transport authority decided to provide “upfront funding” and recoup the costs moving forward after initially struggling to find private funding.
 
See below the London Cable Car Fly Through, produced by Excel London:
 

 
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