Plans to construct a cable car across the River Thames in east London in time for the 2012 Olympics have taken a step forward after Transport for London (TfL) submitted planning applications to build the link.
Plans have been submitted to construct the cross river cable car between Greenwich and Royal Victoria docks. Applications have been made to the boroughs of Greenwich and Newham to progress the plan, which Transport for London (TfL) says could provide the same capacity as the number of people who travel through the Blackwall Tunnel by car every hour.
TfL says that the project, which will cost between £25M and £40M to construct, will be funded by private cash.
Initial plans for the cable car published in Julywere designed by Expedition Engineering.
London mayor Boris Johnson’s transport advisor Kulveer Ranger said this week that the public had backed the “unique” scheme.
“Transport for London’s consultation has shown over 80% of respondents in favour of the Mayor’s vision to have a privately funded cable car crossing the Thames, helping to cut journey times for people travelling around east London.”
The cable car will run for 1.1km over the River Thames, at a minimum clearance of 54.1m above the river. Two-storey cable car stations will be built on both sides of the river, and will include drive rooms, ticket offices and concourses.