First tower completed for new Thames cable car 02-ExCeL service

08:14 20 December 2011

First of three cablecar towers completed at Royal Docks

First of three cablecar towers completed at Royal Docks

Emirates Air Line - promo free

The first steel tower for London’s new cable car service ready to whisk passengers across the Thames has been completed.

The cable car will give passengers stunning aerial views 200ft above the river between east London’s Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsular.

The service, due to start next year, directly links ExCeL, Europe’s biggest conference venue, to the O2, Europe’s biggest entertainment complex.

The ‘intermediate’ tower at West Silvertown is the first of three to be fully erected, weighing 270 tonnes—the smallest of the three white structures that will soon cast their shadow across the east London skyline.

Two more will be rising in the coming months, with completion due late spring, each made of 6,500 steel pieces and each with a steel block weighing 30 tonnes.

They will be tough enough to carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour in each direction between Royal Victoria DLR and North Greenwich tube stations.

Emirates Airline which is sponsoring the £36million service for 10 years has now got its logo on the London Underground map showing the new east London river crossing as a ‘step free’ interchange between the DLR and Jubilee line.

Latest London transportation news

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Night Tube map showing which services will run all night

Just 24 hours after the Night Tube launch date was finally officially announced, London Underground maintenance and engineering workers have voted to go on strike in a continued dispute over pay and staffing levels.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The girl was struck by a train at Catford Bridge station (	Photo: Sunil060902)

A schoolgirl was hit by a train at Catford Bridge during this morning’s rush hour.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The road by the station has been blocked off by the police (Photo: Chris @Southern_Trax)

Southeastern trains were unable to run on the Woolwich line this afternoon when an unidentified object sparked a security alert at Erith station.

Monday, May 23, 2016
There has been a signal failure at Leytonstone Tube station (Photo: Matthew Black)

London’s busiest Tube line is part-suspended this morning, as a signal failure at Leytonstone halts eastbound trains.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The Night Tube map showing which services will run all night

Transport for London (TfL) and City Hall have today announced an official start date for the Night Tube after months of speculation.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Do you recognise this man? (Picture: BTP)

A 34-year-old man was punched in the face on a train leaving Paddington station after his attacker made ‘anti-Muslim’ comments, British Transport Police (BTP) said today.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport