A gleaming new cable car system will soon carry 2,500 people across the Thames every hour, doing the work of 40 buses. The new landmark of the east Thames was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and will be built by the Mace Group, which are also responsible for the London Eye, the British Museum Great Court and a number of commercial developments including City Hall. “This will be an incredibly exciting new river crossing for London and we are really proud to be involved”, said Mark Reynolds, Mace’s deputy chief executive.

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The cable car scheme will involve stretching 50-millimeter steel cables over one kilometer across the Thames from the Greenwich Peninsula at The O2 to the Royal Docks at ExCeL. The cables will be strung between steel towers 90 meters high and will carry 34 cars, each capable of carrying 10 passengers.

“London’s cable car project is an awe-inspiring addition to our London portfolio of work,” said Reynolds. “Mace thrives on challenging and innovative schemes and we are delighted that Transport for London has trusted Mace to deliver this fantastic project.”

The £40 million project has planning permission and could be up and running by the opening of next summer’s 2012 Olympic Games.

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Via Daily Mail