Cable Car figures hit new low

By Rob Virtue on December 6, 2012 10:21 AM |

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The number of people using the Emirates Air Line has dropped for the fourth consecutive week.

The cross-river link, which has come under criticism for its poor usage numbers ever since the end of the Olympics and Paralympics, last week saw 25,266 people ride on it - the lowest figure yet.

The total for the Silvertown to North Greenwich link adds up to 3,609 people a day, when the Cable Car has the capacity to move 5,000 people an hour.

It comes as critics continue to call for it to be made free for Travelcard holders to increase usage. Currently they get a discounted fare.

Last month, leader of the Lib Dems at the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, revealed only 16 Oystercard holders had used the service at least five times in a week, meaning the general public do not see it as a viable way to get to work.

"Outside of weekends and school holidays the passenger figures for the Thames cable car are pitiful," she said. "It is now increasingly clear that the Thames cable car is little more than a tourist attraction and not proving a useful link for people who regularly commute across the Thames."