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London’s First Air Tram Cable Car Opens Today: The Emirates Air Line
Transport for London’s Emirates Air Line spans 1 km from the North Woolwich Peninsula to Royals Victoria Dock and is supported by sculptural towers. Opening just 1 month before the Olympics begin, the £60 m project is expected to alleviate travel across the river between the O2 Arena in Greenwich to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Crossing the river via cable car will take a short 5 minutes and provide views of London as opposed to views outside a bus or underground via the tube and a much longer route. Cyclists will also be able to bring their bike on the cable car to speed their journey.
The cable car is open from 7am to 9pm during the week, from 8am to 9pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays. Tickets are £4.30 for adults, but only £3.20 for those who use Oyster pay. Planning for Transport for London’s cable car began back in 2010 with backing from and in October 2011, Emirates Airlines stepped in to sponsor the project and provide funding. Impressively, the project has only taken 2 years from conception to completion. The project is expected to be a destination in and of itself, especially during the Olympics.
Images ©Emirate Air Line, Wikimedia, and Wilkinson Eyre Architects
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