Cable car notches up 500,000 flyers

By Giles Broadbent on August 8, 2012 1:51 PM |


The new cable car across the Thames from the Royal Docks to The O2 has notched up 500,000 passengers in the six weeks since its launch.

TfL said the magic figure was reached on Sunday, at the height of the Olympic Games. On that day alone the Emirates Air Line took 26,000 passengers between the two Games venues of Excel and North Greenwich arena.

The Olympics has seen extended opening hours for the newest mode of transport in London which has resulted in an average of 20,000 "flights" a day from people wishing to bypass the occasionally strangled interchange between DLR and Jubilee line.

The Emirates Air Line has also been the home to dozens of live media broadcasts as well as a music gig called 90 metres up in the air by singer Newton Faulkner.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The Emirates Air Line is fast becoming an iconic way of traversing the Thames and an important link for Londoners living in the east of our city. Its value has been evident during the 2012 Games and with this part of London set to thrive with new homes and businesses it will continue to be a significant part of our public transport network."

Danny Price, TfL's head of the Emirates Air Line, said: "The positive response to London's newest river crossing has been fantastic.

"The Emirates Air Line, which boasts some of the city's most spectacular views, has seen a boom in visitors in its first summer as people from across the globe visit the capital.

"People from the local areas and commuters have taken up frequent flyer passes to quickly and conveniently cross the river."