London’s new cable car – the Emirates Air Line

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London has added a new mode of public transport to its already huge collection of underground trains, buses, light railways, taxis and “Boris” bikes just in time for the Olympics

London has added a new mode of public transport to its already huge collection of underground trains, buses, light railways, taxis and “Boris” bikes just in time for the Olympics.

The Thames Cable Car, otherwise known by the sponsor moniker Emirates Air Line, spans the river linking Greenwich (Olympic venue – North Greenwich Arena) with the Royal Docks (Olympic venue – ExCel Exhibition Centre).

Each gondola has wraparound windows, so you get great bird’s-eye views of Canary Wharf (the shining financial district), Greenwich (the historic maritime district), the Thames Barrier (one of the world’s biggest flood defence systems) and the Olympic Park.

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The system works much like a ski-lift, with cars constantly circulating the line that’s a little over a mile long. A single ride in one direction takes around five minutes.

During the week the service runs from 7am to 9pm. It starts at 8am on Saturdays and 9am on Sundays. Tickets are fairly pricey – a single adult fare will set you back £4.30 (or £3.20 if you have an Oyster Card), which seems big in comparison to the standard bus ticket which costs £2.30 cash (£1.35 Oyster). Still, at least you don’t have to worry about any Olympic traffic congestion.

See what it’s like to take a return trip – at x4 speed – with the video (no sound) below…

And gaze at these gorgeous images:

Thames Cable Car - the Emirates Air Line
The cable cars soar up to 305 feet above ground
Thames Cable Car - the Emirates Air Line
The competition for East End’s skies is hotting up
Thames Cable Car - the Emirates Air Line
Welcome aboard…
Thames Cable Car - the Emirates Air Line
The cable car is set to become a pillar of the local community
Thames Cable Car - the Emirates Air Line
Here’s hoping the sun shines over Olympic venues like the North Greenwich Arena when the games begin

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London’s new cable car – the Emirates Air Line was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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