Saturday, October 13, 2012

London Cable Car

London The Unfinished City
Reaching for the Sky.

Saturday October 13, 2012.

I absolutely love travelling across the River Thames, via the London Dangleway, even though it is simpler, and cheaper, to stay on the Jubilee Line and travel below the River Thames.

London The Unfinished City
Sunset from the Dangleway.

The reason for this is the novelty, which still hasn't worn off after countless flights, and the views which are unique. On a clear day you can see The Thames Barrier, Canary Wharf, The Shard, the Olympic Park, the Old Royal Naval College and, if you get your timing right, some spectacular sunsets.

London The Unfinished City
Descending into the London Fog.

Brief History

Opened on June 28, 2012, the London Cable Car links the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks, adding an extra transport link to the area.

It is operated by Transport for London and has a flight time of 10 minutes, which is reduced to 5 minutes in rush hour.

Although the route is about 1 km, there is over 2.2 kms of cable that is supported on three steel supports. There are 34 pods with two more on standby, incase of a defect.

The pods are housed in a special garage, on the south bank, every evening.

It was sponsored by Emirates, until 2022, and is now known as the IFS Cloud Cable Car.

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