London to get Thames cable car for 2012 Games

July 5, 2010

Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled plans to build a cable car across the River Thames linking the O2 Arena with the Excel Centre, which are both Olympic and Paralympic venues for the 2012 Games.

The £25 million (US$37 million) scheme could provide a crossing every 30 seconds, and carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour in each direction, cutting travel times dramatically between the two venues.

The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “A cable car spanning the majestic Thames would not only provide a unique and pioneering addition to London’s skyline but also offer a serene and joyful journey across the river.

“Passengers would be able to drink in the truly spectacular views of the Olympic Park and iconic London landmarks whilst shaving valuable minutes from their travelling time.”

London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “A privately funded cable car system offers a relatively quick and cost effective way of improving connections across the river for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Barcelona, Cologne, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Madrid and New York already have urban cable cars, but this would be a first for Britain.

Providing funding and planning permission are secured, the cars should be in place in time for the 2012 Games.