London cable car scheme could generate more trades jobs
London-based architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre has been chosen to design the project, which will link the Royal Docks in east London with the Greenwich Peninsula. This would be the UK’s first urban facility of its kind and would boost the economic regeneration in the area, as well as providing a low emission addition to the city’s transport network.
The cable cars would cross the Thames at a height of over 50 metres and would carry an estimated 2,500 passengers per hour from the O2 arena to the ExCel. The cars are scheduled to open in early 2012, just in time for the thousands or tourists that are expected to descend on London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Wilkinson Eyre are expected to submit the designs to the London Borough of Newham for permission in September and a sustainable building in the Royal Victoria Docks is also expected to be build and completed by early 2012 and would generate more construction jobs.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is in favour of the plans, saying:
“A cable car spanning the majestic Thames would not only provide a unique and pioneering addition to London’s skyline, but also offer a serene and joyful journey across the river. Passengers would be able to drink in the truly spectacular views of the Olympic Park and iconic London landmarks whilst shaving valuable minutes from their travelling time. It would also provide a much needed enhancement of cross river options to the east of the city.”
- Mace lead Thames cable car plans for London (train4tradeskills.wordpress.com)