Cable Car Construction To Start Soon, Ready By Olympics?

By M@ Last edited 142 months ago
Cable Car Construction To Start Soon, Ready By Olympics?

Despite scepticism from many quarters, including this one, the cable car link between Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Victoria Docks is barrelling forward with momentum.

A press release from TfL this morning announces:

  • A 'world-class consortium', headed by Mace who are currently working on the Shard, to build and operate the structure.
  • Building work to begin 'this summer'.
  • Aiming to complete before the Olympics (although not guaranteed).
  • Providing 'a spectacular architectural addition to London and a much needed river crossing in this area'.
  • Structure designed 'to the highest standard' by Wilkinson Eyre.
  • Scheme will be part of Oyster network.

TfL will be providing seed money up-front, but will seek to recoup costs on the £50.5 million scheme via private sponsorship and ticket sales.

This unusual transport link has the doughy whiff of 'bread and circuses' about it. A crowd pleaser not only delivered just in time for the Olympics, but perhaps just in time for the mayoral elections next year.

Still, reasons can always be found to nay-say any high-profile development. This latter-day Millennium Project might just have enough romance to succeed...providing the taxpayer doesn't end up keeping the bill.

Last Updated 18 April 2011