First cable car tower built as link arrives on Tube map

Emirates Air Line launch photo.jpgThe first tower of the Emirates Air Line was completed this week as the transport link made its debut on the Tube map.

The North Intermediate Tower in the Royal Docks is the first of three being built to carry a cable car across the Thames. It is over 200ft tall and weighs 270 tonnes, but will be smallest of the three.

Its completion came as the Emirates Air Line became the first commercial brand to appear on the London Underground Tube map in its 78 year history.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I am thrilled with the rapid progress of the Emirates Air Line and its inclusion on the iconic Tube map will whet the appetites of those, including me, who cannot wait until the day they can board this new transport link next year."

The cable car, which Emirates is sponsoring for £36million over 10 years, will link the Royal Docks with the Greenwich Peninsula. No official opening date has been given, although it could be open in time for next year's Olympic Games.


Andrew said:

it would be great if it could be up and running in time for the Olympics. If this were China, I'm sure they'd get in done - people would be working shifts round the clock. Where there's the will, there's a way!

Anon said:

@Andrew: They should not rush to build the cable car. It is built through London City Airport flight path and the cable car crosses the airport's Public Safety Zone (PSZ).

Not sure why the airport has remained silent and not publicaly objected.

I don't have confidence in the authorities...