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Thames cable car plan moves closer

Plans for a cable car stretching 1.1km across the River Thames to link venues for the 2012 Olympics have moved a step closer.

Greenwich Council’s planning committee has joined Newham Council in approving proposals for a cable car which will carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour between Greenwich and the Royal Docks.

The scheme, the projected cost if which has risen from £25M to £40M, is aimed at cutting journey times for visitors to the O2 arena and ExCel exhibition centre, which are hosting events at the Games.

The Greater London Authority will now consider the proposals for the link 54.1m above the river between North Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Victoria Dock.

A Transport for London statement said: “The cable car is an exciting new proposal that would help address the need for more river crossings east of Tower Bridge.

“It will also provide a unique addition to the capital’s transport network and offer spectacular views of London’s iconic skyline.”

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