Here is an interactive Panorama of the Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station of the Cable car transport link in London, Greenwich.
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Greenwich Rising took a step into a cabin on the cable car to experience the first ever London Cable car transport link. Named the Emirates Air Line, it connects the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Victoria Docks. It was a project which hoped to ferry olympic ticket holders between the Greenwich Arena and the Excel Exhibition Venue. However Mace, the company behind the construction, were tight lipped as was London Mayor Boris, thankfully they have surprised us all by announcing a few weeks ago that it will indeed be ready by the end on June.
The Greenwich Arena also known as the O2 but not during the games, will play host to basketball, gymnastics and trampolining. Meanwhile at the Excel exhibition centre boxing, fencing, Judo, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, weightlifting and Wrestling will take place within its walls.
It is also hoped that after the Olympics commuters will use it to save minutes on the DLR to connect straight with the DLR at North Greenwich or perhaps a scenic relaxing journey back home over the thames after a long day at the office. The latter is something that I can assure you will happen as the journey on the “Air Line” was beautiful. The seating is adequately comfortable as far as TFL go, but you won’t notice that when you are soaring up to almost 300 feet above the thames.
Thats higher than the O2. The ride is smooth after the bumpy acceleration out of the station. The view is impressive though there is not much to see on the south side, looking north towards the canary ward and the O2 itself however is rather breathtaking.
Passengers can buy Tickets at the automated machines or from the ticket desk. The Day we went to the Emirates Air Line there were long queues of people simply there to take a ride on the new transport link and it seems that this will also be something of a tourist attraction. Hopefully with the cash injection of Dr. Henry Cheng Kar-shun, a Hong Kong billionaire who has invested £500m into the greenwich peninsula master plan, we will have a lot more beautiful architecture to look at on the peninsula on our way across the river.
Adult single fare – £3.20
Child single fare – £1.60
Round trip – £6.40
Frequent traveller – £16
There is also a pricing document that includes all the type of tickets and oyster prices available.
Download the price pdf
Many people are wondering when the Greenwich cable car, officially known as Emirates Air Line, is opening. Well it is operating now if you didn’t know and you can use an oyster card too. It launched midday on the 28 June 2012.
Greenwich Rising was at the London Cable Car construction to witness the hoisting of one of the final pieces of the third and final tower, the South Tower, of the Emirates Air Line Cable car, the first in London. The cable car will feature on the Transport for London Tube line that we all know and use and will introduce two new stations as part of the stops at either end of the cable car. At the royal docks it will be called “Emirates Royal Docks” and on the greenwich side “Emirates Greenwich Peninsula”. The Cable car will also ferry across people going to and from either London Olympic 2012 events held at the Royal Victoria Docks Excel Centre and the Peninsula’s O2. [..]
We last reported on the tower being completed on the royal Victoria docks side. We are seeing the beginning of the second tower being started on the riverside across from then peninsula. The third tower is soon to begin as the foundations already laid.
Two sections of the tower are now on site sitting in the future Greenwich riverside development.
The construction of the south tower started long ago, but the white towers are now being hoisted into place by giant cranes. One of the cranes is occupying the future Greenwich Riverside development, the closest residential project to the O2 that has been given the go ahead but is yet to start construction (more on that here),and the other sitting on the closed off thames path.
The Path along the river looks set to be open after the construction of the Emirates Cable car for at least 5 months before the inevitable request to close it again after the olympics which is a guess as to when the Riverside residential project may start construction.
Here is the flythough of the london cable car project.