Chairlifts aren’t only for snowy ski towns, London’s new cable car system will sail passengers across the River Thames, offering a unique mode of transportation for the Olympic games and beyond.
The £60 million project will certainly be a wonder with striking panoramic views of the London skyline and the speediness of the voyage between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks is only five minutes.
The 34 gondolas can carry up to ten people each and will arrive at the stations every thirty seconds. Capable of taking 2,500 people an hour, the cable car system will be a relief to the influx of traffic during the Olympic games this summer in London.
The stations are located directly next to London’s largest venues for the 2012 Olympics, the O2 Arena and the Excel Center.
Although the Thames transport system is innovative and modern, the project has come under fire for going over budget. Originally the project was expected to cost £25 million and would be funded solely by private investors including the main sponsor Emirates Airlines. But that has not been the case, with a price tag at £60 million; the city has been forced to dip into public funds to keep the ambitious venture afloat.
Source: Daily Mail UK