Cable Car To Open 28 June

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 70 months ago
Cable Car To Open 28 June

The cable car linking Royal Docks with North Greenwich will open on 28 June, Transport for London has confirmed.

The cost per ride has also been announced. A single fare  paid via an Oyster PAYG card will cost £3.20 / £1.60 for those under 15, with the cash fare £4.30 / £2.20. Travelcard users are out of luck, as they'll have to pay the fare. The cable care will also be excluded from the daily Oyster cap.

In transport terms, it's not cheap: the adult fare is 70p more than the Thames Clipper services that run across the river, and fully £4.30 more than the free Woolwich ferry. Making the same journey via the slightly-longer Tube / DLR route would cost £1.50 during peak hours. But then you'd be missing out on the experience of gazing across vast tracts of London's eastern fringes.

A better comparison is with the London Eye, which at £19 for a 30 minute trip, works out at 63p per minute. By design or coincidence, the five minutes you'll spend in the cable car works out at almost the exact same price, 64p per minute, on Oyster, or 86p for the full cash fare. In other words, the cable car seems to be priced as a tourist attraction, not the integral piece of transport infrastructure we've been promised.

A return trip will set you back £6.40 on Oyster while a 10 journey pass will trouble you the sum of £16; in a nod to the Emirates, the corporate sponsor, this option has been dubbed 'frequent flier'.

The cable car will be operational from 7am until 9pm on most days, opening slightly later on weekends, but it will be opened later during special events.

The Mayor, TfL, Emirates and everybody associated with the project will be thrilled to have it operational ahead of the Olympics, when it will no doubt gain a significant publicity boost. But the real test of its popularity will come once the Games have finished.

Photo / richwat2011

Last Updated 18 June 2012


I still love the term 'Arab dangleway'


Integral transport or tourist attraction? Neither it's an escape route for passengers and TfL employees do often standed at North Greenwich when the Jubilee line is suspended. Expect to often hear "Jubilee line tickets will be accepted on Emirates Airline". Late night opening is bound to include those special occasions when signal failures dog said Underground line.


Can't help but notice it's not opens the enough to accommodate exiting crowds from the O2, so I guess the North Greenwich clusterfuck continues apace.

Beth A

Instead of the pedestrian footbridge this area really needs (and was supposed to get) our Mayor of London pushes the boat out with a complete vanity project that not only doesn't serve the people that it should but also costs people money even if they subsequently can't afford to actually use the dangleway.

Pathetic and arrogant. Shame on TfL.


Seems from the press release that you can use your oyster card to buy a paper 'boarding pass' (ticket) from a vending machine, but not use your oyster card as normal. [smacks face against wall furiously]


Well done for all those who voted for Boris. Well done.


I love it and can't wait to use it...


what a massive waste of money. where's the walking and cycling crossing that this part of town was promised, which Sustrans had pretty much designed, and that would have benefited the area properly .... not this stupid slow expensive tourist attraction with limited capacity

why are politicians such egomaniacs?