Cable car is 'worth every penny' says Boris

By Rob Virtue on June 28, 2012 10:46 AM |

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Mayor Boris Johnson rejected criticism about the cost of the Emirates Air Line at the transport link's opening on Thursday.

He was one of the first to use the North Greenwich to Royal Docks connection when he greeted London's media before the cable car welcomed paying guests at around midday.

"It's a fantastic piece of engineering and an amazing tourist attraction," said the Mayor. "I'd say it was worth every penny and I want to pay tribute to Emirates which put forward a sizeable amount."

The airline contributed £36m in sponsorship, while Transport for London has also applied for £8m of European funding.

"That's £44m on a build cost of £45m," said the Mayor. "People say it's an expensive cable car but nowhere on the Alps has anyone had to fit two 90 metre high piers to get across a river."

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The cable car has the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction.

The construction was led by Mace and saw more than 1,500 people working on the project.

Prices for a single journey are £3.20 with an Oyster pay as you go and £4.30 without.

Frequent flyers can buy 10 journeys for £16.

Journey times are around five minutes for a single trip at peak period but are likely to be slowed down at other times to allow for a longer experience.

2 Comments

Anonymous said:

The cable car look great.

There were concerns raise that the cable car cuts through the London City Airport crash zone. Basically you have aircraft taking off. You should not be building anythere, to protect people from crash.

As London City Airport, increases the number of flights, it also increases teh risk of an accident.

I suggest if you take the cable car, then go during Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning when London City Airport is not running any flights.

There is also something called 'wake turbulance' from aircraft.


Anonymous said:

The cable car look great.

There were concerns raise that the cable car cuts through the London City Airport crash zone. Basically you have aircraft taking off. You should not be building anythere, to protect people from crash.

As London City Airport, increases the number of flights, it also increases teh risk of an accident.

I suggest if you take the cable car, then go during Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning when London City Airport is not running any flights.

There is also something called 'wake turbulance' from aircraft.


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