River Thames cable car opens to public

Date Posted: 28/06/12

River Thames cable car opens to public

A new cable car stretching across the River Thames in east London is set to open to the public at 12:00 BST today (Thursday, June 28th).

Known as the Emirates Air Line, tourists on short breaks in the capital will be able to ride from the O2 Arena in Greenwich to the ExCel exhibition centre at the Royal Docks.

The cable car will offer all-new views of areas of London, such as Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier.

An adult fare on the cable car using London's electronic ticketing system, the Oyster Card, costs £3.20, while the cash fare is £4.30, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed.

However, a round-trip is available for £6.40 and a "frequent flyer" pass will grant customers ten single journeys for £16.

The £45 million project will be able to ferry around 2,500 passengers every hour in 34 cable cars 160-feet above the famous river.

Each journey will last around five minutes and a new gondola will arrive every 30 seconds.

Posted by Becky Spence

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