London Gets Cable Car Connection

London yesterday launched its (and the UK’s) first urban cable car service. Mayor Boris Johnson opened the new 1,100-meter Emirates Air Line, providing locals and the city’s tourists with another connection and attraction between the north and south banks of the River Thames.


Constructed within a year and 90 meters above the water at its highest point, the ropeway is capable of transporting up to 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction. The Emirates-sponsored service operates daily from 0700 hrs (Mondays to Fridays), 0800 hrs (Saturdays) and 0900 hrs (Sundays) to 2100 hrs between 2 newly-constructed terminals, Emirates Greenwich Peninsula by the O2 and Emirates Royal Docks beside the ExCeL convention centre.


The 34 cabins take 5 minutes to make the crossing at peak times, slowing to 10 minutes during off-peak hours to accommodate leisure users. During the transit, commuters will enjoy views of London landmarks including the Canary Wharf, the EFD Energy London Eye, Greenwich, the Shard, Thames Barrier and the iconic Tower Bridge.


Fares can be paid by cash and will cost GBP 4.30 per adult and GBP 2.20 per child for a one-way journey, while Oyster card users will pay GBP 3.20 per adult and GBP 1.60 per child. ‘Frequent Flyer’ passes which can be used for 10 single journeys are available for GBP 16.


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