TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - Gondolas in flight

taken 3 years ago, near to Blackwall Tunnel, Greenwich, Great Britain

Emirates Cable Car - Gondolas in flight
Emirates Cable Car - Gondolas in flight
Numerous gondolas (I think I can spot eleven) can be seen here part way through their "flight" across the Thames. The direction in which we were travelling was southeastwards from Royal Victoria to the Greenwich Peninsula.
Thames Cable Car (Emirates) :: TQ4080
The Thames Cable Car, otherwise known as The Emirates Air Line, is a cable car service across the River Thames running from Western Gateway beside Royal Victoria Dock to the Greenwich Peninsula near to the O2 arena (formerly the Millennium Dome). It was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Expedition Engineering and Buro Happol, and built by Doppelmayr with sponsorship from the Dubai-based airline, "Emirates".
The service, which is operated by Transport for London (TfL) opened on 28 June 2012. It extends for 1275yds (1.1km) between its termini and the crossing takes about 10 minutes. The maximum travel speed is 6m/s. The maximum height achieved is about 90m (300'). Cabins arrive at the stations approximately every 30 seconds. There are three major pylons supporting the running mechanisms and lifting the cables over the Thames, with further minor pylons immediately adjacent to each terminus.
As the gondolas climb to their maximum elevation there are excellent views in all directions, and the crossing is advertised as much for these views as being a means of crossing the river. In truth, it has proved to be more successful as an attraction than as a useful method of crossing the Thames - mainly due to the somewhat out-of-the-way siting of its northern terminus.
One-way ticket price (Sep 2014) is 4.40 redued by 25% to 3.30 if you have a TFL travel card.
TfL website for the service LinkExternal link
Emirates Airline (Cable Car) :: TQ3979
Emirates Air Line is a Transport for London gondola link across the River Thames that is being built with sponsorship from the air carrier Emirates for the 2012 London Olympics. The scheme, comprises a 1 km cable car line that crosses the river from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, linking two important Olympic sites. The project, estimated to cost 60 million, began construction in August 2011. The cable car was first included on the tube map in December 2011, as a part of the network under construction.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 4 September, 2014
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
London 
Primary Subject of Photo
Cable Car 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3996 8044 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3341N 0:0.9139E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3999 8048
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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