New Pictures Of Thames Cable Car Released

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 90 months ago
New Pictures Of Thames Cable Car Released
View of the Royal Docks station.
View of the Royal Docks station.
Descending to the Greenwich station.
Descending to the Greenwich station.
Royal Docks.
Royal Docks.
The Greenwich station.
The Greenwich station.
View from the Thames Path.
View from the Thames Path.

A few days after the plans for a cross-river cable car were submitted, a batch of new, more detailed images of the project have been released.

Some more information, too, on how it would work. The system would comprise two docking stations and 34 gondolas. Each gondola, departing every ten seconds, would carry up to ten people, and the steel towers that support the cables would rise to a height of 93 metres and 66 metres. A drive station would be situated on the northern bank, with a return station and gondola garage on the Greenwich side of the river. A journey between the two stations would take around five minutes; by way of comparison, a similar journey from North Greenwich tube to Royal Victoria DLR takes a maximum of seven minutes.

Fares-wise, the system would be integrated into Oyster, with fares mooted at around £2.50 per ride for Oyster users, £3.50 anyone else. It's not yet known whether Travelcard owners would be able to ride for free. TfL has also stated that they hope most of the estimated £25 million construction cost would come from the private sector.

Last Updated 05 November 2010

Polo

You don't mention that the guy had already been warned once before that he's get fined.
So he did it again, and got fined. Muppet.

Tomtiredoflondon

I've been saying for years they ought to do this, but it does seem a bit of an odd place. Whoever are these people who desperately have to travel from the Greenwich peninsula to the Royal Victoria Docks, and haven't got a spare two minutes?

Mind you, for only £25 million, mainly from the private sector, I'm up for building it just to have one. London needs this, if only because we don't already have a cable car (that I'm aware of).

I still think they should've done one across town instead of crossrail though.

Tomtiredoflondon

I've been saying for years they ought to do this, but it does seem a bit of an odd place. Whoever are these people who desperately have to travel from the Greenwich peninsula to the Royal Victoria Docks, and haven't got a spare two minutes?
Mind you, for only £25 million, mainly from the private sector, I'm up for building it just to have one. London needs this, if only because we don't already have a cable car (that I'm aware of).
I still think they should've done one across town instead of crossrail though.

DeanN

Yeah, if built it'll be the first, though there were plans in the mid-1990s to build a cable car linking the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf. Also, Richard Rogers' firm was involved in talks about a network of cable cars in east London at the beginning of Boris Johnson's term as Mayor, but nothing came of either idea.

M@

If this gets built I betcha there'll be a second spur from Greenwich to canary wharf within 3 years.

M@

If this gets built I betcha there'll be a second spur from Greenwich to canary wharf within 3 years.

Dave

Someone hasn't done their maths properly. If there are 34 gondolas, departing every 10 seconds, that means they'll need to do a full loop in 5 minutes 40 seconds to keep up that pace. But you're claiming a one-way journey would take five minutes? Maybe you meant every 20 seconds?

Also, why is this so expensive?! £2.50 to cross the river is ridiculous when you can get the tube under the river for £2.30/£1.80 and continue all the way into town and back to zone 2 on the other side.

Dave

Oh, and if you're just travelling in Zone 2, Oyster pay as you go is £1.30, even cheaper than the £2.50 proposed for the cable car.

Dave

Someone hasn't done their maths properly. If there are 34 gondolas, departing every 10 seconds, that means they'll need to do a full loop in 5 minutes 40 seconds to keep up that pace. But you're claiming a one-way journey would take five minutes? Maybe you meant every 20 seconds?
Also, why is this so expensive?! £2.50 to cross the river is ridiculous when you can get the tube under the river for £2.30/£1.80 and continue all the way into town and back to zone 2 on the other side.

Dave

Oh, and if you're just travelling in Zone 2, Oyster pay as you go is £1.30, even cheaper than the £2.50 proposed for the cable car.

DeanN

Someone hasn't done their maths properly.
If so, that'd be the developer. I suggest you take your concerns to them.
As for the rest of your comment, that's a miserly way of looking at things. If built, the cable car would be a tourist attraction, with decent views over Docklands and the Olympic Park; paying £2.50 doesn't seem expensive at all. The Tube, by comparison, is a highly efficient but uninteresting way of getting between the two points.
A better comparison would be with other non-rail cross-Thames transport. The Hilton Ferry between Canary Wharf and HIlton Docklands costs £3.20, considerably more than the cable car. Alternatively, the Woolwich ferry is still free, but it's a little far for most people to go.

JohnnyFox

Since I live so near its northern base, I ought to be in favour ... but it goes from 'near Canning Town station' to 'near North Greenwich station' - ALREADY CONNECTED AS ADJACENT STOPS ON THE JUBILEE LINE !

Isn't the answer to run a few more Jubbly trains, especially since the current gaps are often 6 minutes ?