Cable car to be utilised during Tube disruption

By Rob Virtue on June 27, 2012 11:34 AM |

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Travellers hit by Tube or DLR problems during this summer's Olympics could be allowed on the Thames cable car for no extra cost.

Mayor Boris Johnson made the announcement at City Hall meeting last week after a question from Liberal Democrat Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon.

It comes as the river crossing, called the Emirates Air Line, is due to open to the public today and become a key transport link this summer.

In response to Ms Pidgeon's query on whether Tube users would be able to ride the cable car for no extra charge when there are problems on the DLR or Jubilee and Central line, the Mayor said: "I can't imagine we'll have any problem with that [idea].

"As you can imagine we will put in all sorts of measures to speed the system up across all modes including the cable car.

"It will be open for the Olympics, a great achievement of public-private co-operation."

A spokeswoman for TfL confirmed it would be the situation saying it would be on a "case by case basis". She added it would be the same post-Games time.

Ms Pidgeon supported the move, pointing out the cable car would be a key link between Olympic venues, travelling between stops near to both The O2 and the Excel centre.

She said it was only right that the "long established principle" of tickets being used on alternative forms of transport was upheld this summer if there was major disruption.

"Every spectator for an Olympic event will have a daily travelcard, and it is only right that if the Jubilee line, Central line or DLR are disrupted that they are allowed to make alternative journeys to get to venues via the cable car, at no extra cost," said Ms Pidgeon.

"If we have disruption during the Games, spectators must not be out of pocket just to get to their Olympic event."

Tickets are priced at £3.20 each way, although frequent users can buy a 10 ride pass for £16. The Emirates Air Line is due to open today at midday.