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Wilkinson Eyre’s east London cable car opens to the public

The Emirates Air Line, the cable car across the Thames designed by Wilkinson Eyre, has been officially opened by Boris Johnson

From midday today the public can take the five-minute trip, costing £3.20 with an Oyster card, across the Thames from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks on the newest link in London’s transport network.

Designed with Aedas, the cable car connects two Olympic venues, the Millenium Dome and Excel Centre. Supported on three spiraling towers the cars will transport up to 2,500 an hour 90 metres in the air between two new stations.

The larger station pavilion, named Emirates Greenwich Peninsula, has a glazed upper storey, which houses the boarding platforms cantilevered above the ticket office and other services, located in the core at ground level. While the entire structure of the smaller terminals, named Royal Victoria Dock, has been built on a deck over the water of Royal Victoria Dock.

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘The Emirates Air Line is a stunning addition to London’s transport network, providing a much needed new connection across the Thames. I am sure [the cable car] is now set to be a must-see destination in its own right, giving people the chance to drink in breath-taking panoramic views.’

Architect’s view - Oliver Tyler, Director, Wilkinson Eyre

‘The Emirates Air Line makes a dramatic architectural statement and will help to define the emerging character of the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks. I am sure the towers will become a clearly identifiable symbol for the area and that travelling by [this cable car] will add a dash of excitement to the experience of commuting as well as become a ‘must do’ experience for visitors.’

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