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Report approves London cable car

The mayor of London has had a scheme for cable cars across the River Thames passed as safe after an independent investigation.

The proposed scheme falls within a Public Safety Zone around London City Airport and campaigners who do not want the airport expanded said the cable car project should be scrapped as a result.

Boris Johnson’s plan will see a cable car run from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock and he has made it a key priority after promising to find more ways for Londoners and tourists to cross the river in the east of the capital.

National Air Traffic Control Services (NATs) was asked to report on the cable car project by Transport for London, which halted the scheme until the probe was complete.

Now the NATs report has declared the cable car scheme safe for people to use, even if the airport or its safety zone is made bigger.

The councils involved, Newham and Greenwich, have signalled their backing for the cable car and are now expected to formally approve the scheme before the Mayor signs it off.

However, the delay caused by waiting for the NATs report could mean the cable car is not up and running in time for the London Olympics in 2012.

Friends of the Earth London campaigner Jenny Bates put forward an objection to the plans.

She said: “Friends of the Earth would like to support the scheme but it’s unclear how it avoids the Government ban on building in the crash zone and whether the number of people at risk has been properly assessed.”

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