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Emirates Air Line at Thames

A new cable car will soar over the Thames river starting next week, promising to become part of the London landscape ahead of the Summer Olympics.

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Published: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 10:28 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The Emirates Air Line cable cars soar over the Thames river in the O2 arena in Greenwich, London. — AP

Transport for London has set June 28 as the opening date for Britain’s first urban cable car — well in time for the massive crowds expected for the Olympics. It is called the Emirates Air Line, after the Dubai air carrier invested £36 million as part of a 10-year sponsorship deal.

The cable car will make the one kilometre crossing between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, allowing visitors to take in the views of Olympic Park, the Canary Wharf financial centre and the Thames Barrier, massive structures in the river that keep London from flooding.

Each of the 34 cars holds 10 people and looks like the gondolas that ferry skiers up the mountains in the Swiss Alps. Travellers can go one way or round-trip, with a one-way ticket costing £3.20 ($5). Aside from being just plain fun, the cable car should help ease public transport ahead of the London Games, which start July 27 and end August 12.

“The Emirates Air Line is part of my plan to develop a package of new river crossings in east London and transform the surrounding area into a vibrant new metropolitan quarter that will attract new jobs, homes and enterprise,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said in a statement.

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