Cable car reaches one million passengers

By Giles Broadbent on September 5, 2012 4:09 PM |


Launching the new cable car in time for the Olympics and Paralympics has reaped results with the cross-river flyer notching up one million passengers in nine weeks.

In recent days, the Emirates Air Line has provided an accessible connection between Excel and the North Greenwich arena during the Paralympics continuing the boom in numbers seen during the Olympics.

In all, more than 20,000 passenger flights each day since the start of the London 2012 Games.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "In just a couple of months since it opened the Emirates Air Line has well and truly landed in east London.

"Not only has this iconic new transport link opened up access to the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, but its stunning panoramic views as it soars across our city skyline have proved a star attraction.

"And this is just the beginning because as we head beyond the 2012 Games London's first urban cable car remains at the epicentre of my plans to rejuvenate the East End."

Jonathan Fox, director of Docklands Light Railway, said: "We are very pleased with the positive response the Emirates Air Line has received so far.

"Many tourists have come to east London this summer to use it as a travel link during the London 2012 Games, but Londoners are also starting to change the way they normally get between Royal Greenwich and the Royal Victoria Docks by choosing the Emirates Air Line as a way to commute."