Last Sunday saw me rise pretty early and take the London Underground and Overground system to visit a new project. Britain’s first urban cable car service was opened across the Thames just in time for the Olympic Games on 28 June and I paid it a visit.
The crossing is from Royal Victoria (Docklands tube line) and North Greenwich (Jubilee tube line) and the cable car across the River Thames was officially launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson with just under a month to go to the Olympics.
This great piece of engineering project cost £44 million. However much of the cost has been offset by a 10 year deal with Emirates who will fly you across the Thames for a journey that takes between 5 and 10 minutes – depending on the time of the day. Emirates are paying in the region of £36 million over 10 years for the naming rights and as one person put it, to be on the tube map!
It is superb. I really enjoyed the stunning views towards the Thames Barrier, the Olympic Park and the O2. It is really worth the visit and below are some pictures I took from the capsule.