Soon You'll Be Able to Fly Over the River Thames In a Fancy New Cable Car

By Sam Gibbs on at

After a myriad of delays, the final stages of the £60m cable car over the Thames that connects Greenwich and the O2 Arena with the Royal Docks just across the river are being put into place. All three supporting towers are now up and one of the 1.1km steel cables stretching over the water is set undergoing testing; the project is apparently s on track to complete before the Olympics, but unfortunately neither you nor I will be able to ride it initially.

For the Olympics it’ll likely be for athletes only, but it’ll be open to the public and take Oyster card once London 2012 is over. They’ll be 34 gondolas in all, with each capable of holding 10 people. That equates to 2,500 people an hour at full stretch, but TfL has yet to reveal how much it’ll cost.

On a good day the views down the Thames from the glass sides of the gondolas will be amazing. It’s also likely to be the quickest method of crossing the river down by Greenwich. Hopefully it won’t cost the Earth to use once it’s opened up, but considering it’s costing £60m to build after budgeting for just £25m, we might end up footing a pricy bill despite Emirates pilling in with sponsorship to save the project. [Evening Standard, TfL]