TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - View to Greenwich Peninsula

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

Emirates Cable Car - View to Greenwich Peninsula
Emirates Cable Car - View to Greenwich Peninsula
A view across the Thames to the Greenwich Peninsula from a gondola on the Emirates Air Line (Thames Cable Car) as we went over a section of the Dockland Light Railway (seen bottom right). The white canopy of the Dome (or O2 Arena) is an obvious feature on the far side of the Thames, with the towers of Canary Wharf visible on the right.
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
Greenwich peninsula :: TQ3979
The peninsula is formed by a meander of the River Thames north-east of Greenwich, which along with the Isle of Dogs to the west, forms the distinctive outline familiar from the opening credits of the TV series "Eastenders". Until the 18th century it was marshland, thereafter gradually drained and industrialised, and in the late 19th century dominated by the South Metropolitan Gasworks. After becoming largely derelict in the later 20th century, the east side of the peninsula was remediated and redeveloped from the 1990s onwards, the focus being the Millennium Dome (later O2 Arena). The west side remained industrial for longer although by 2010 the remaining industries there were starting to close and be replaced by residential developments and an ocean liner terminal.

For a detailed history of the industrial sites on Greenwich Peninsula, see the book "Greenwich Marsh - the 300 years before the Dome", Mills, Mary - self-published 1999. ISBN 0 9535245 0 7

For a photographic record of the west side of the peninsula before recent demolitions, see 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.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
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TQ3980, 629 images   (more nearby )
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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  Greenwich Peninsula 
Primary Subject of Photo
Cable Car 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3932 8012 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.1710N 0:0.3534E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3998 8046
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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