Thames Cable Car (Emirates) :: Shared Description

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
by Rob Farrow
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TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - View of Royal Victoria Dock by Rob Farrow
TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - Gondolas await embarkation by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - View to Greenwich Peninsula by Rob Farrow
TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - A gondola departs  by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - Gondolas in flight by Rob Farrow
TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - Two gondolas cross by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - View westwards across London by Rob Farrow
TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - Giant wheel by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - Approaching a pylon by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - Thames view to Canary Wharf by Rob Farrow
TQ4080 : Emirates Cable Car - Royal Victoria station by Rob Farrow
TQ3980 : Emirates Cable Car - View back over Dockland by Rob Farrow
TQ3979 : Emirates Cable Car - Greenwich Peninsula terminal by Rob Farrow


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Created: Wed, 3 Sep 2014, Updated: Mon, 13 Oct 2014

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