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Thames Gateway Cable Car

Thames Gateway Cable Car

The underground has gone over-ground

One of the most important transport developments has just been authorised in the centre of London. The new “Thames Gateway Cable Car” has been in the planning stage since 2010 and has just been given the go-ahead and planning permission has been authorised.

2012 Olympics

The race is on to get the Thames Gateway Cable Car completed in time for the 2012 Olympics, the cable car will be able to cross the River Thames from the Royal Victoria Docks the one kilometre journey setting down at the Greenwich Peninsula, this is ideal as several of the Olympic sports events will take place in the region and will give easy access to these competitions.

Business Impact?

The question that is always asked with a project of this size is “what are the implications for the business world”? The immediate answer is yes it will provide work in the area of construction; the project is estimated to be costing in the region of £50M - but what happens after the Olympics will this potential “White Elephant” have any ongoing benefits? The gateway cable car will be well placed for city commuters, providing easy access to the 02 Arena and the ExCel Centre, the expected use is likely to be up-to 2500 people per hour and will take just 5 minutes to complete the journey, further reducing the already overstretched commuter traffic in the locality.

Both ends of the line are adjacent to other transport links, having just a short walk to the docklands light railway north of the Thames and in the south connecting to the London underground via the North Greenwich line, also giving easy access to Canary Warf and other commercial centres, the cable car will be equipped to carry bicycles and will have the ease of using Oyster cards for journey payment.

Ideal for the 2012 Olympics

The Gateway Cable car will link two of the Olympic sports centres; in the west the 02 Arena is hosting the Basketball and Artistic Gymnastics and in the east the ExCell Centre is the venue for the Weightlifting events, Table Tennis, Wrestling and the Martial Arts this will also reduce traffic in the Blackwall tunnel area and adjacent approach road areas.

Map provided by TfL

Ideal for Tourist’s

The Gateway Cable Car is expected to be over 50 meters high which will give excellent Ariel views of the surrounding sites, taking in the “Millennium Eye” “Big Ben” to the west and the Thames Barrier to the east also variety of other well know tourist attractions.

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