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Friday18 August 2017

Wilkinson Eyre reveals cross-Thames cable car plans

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Transport for London and Wilkinson Eyre have submitted plans for a cable car spanning the river Thames in east London.

The proposed crossing would stretch 1.1km between North Greenwich and the Royal Victoria Dock at a maximum height of 54.1m above the water, linking two of the 2012 Olympic game venues  - the ExCel exhibition centre and the O2 arena.

The designs include a main tower at Clyde Wharf, rising to a height of 93m , and a 66m-high intermediate tower to support the gondola cable and communication cable.

Also proposed is a  two-storey station including a concourse, ticket office and retail space with a gondola arrival and departure platform on the first floor.

Boris Johnson revealed ambitions to go ahead with the scheme earlier this year. It was originally suggested by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2007.

The plans have now been submitted to Newham and Greenwich councils for approval, with the project is due to be finished in time for the 2012 games.

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  • Do BD not read the comments on previous articles? This idea was first suggested more than a deacde ago! It was nothing to do with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2007!!!

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  • Mike Duriez

    Has Boris forgotten that we didn't win the Winter Olympics? Seriously, can you get a menaningful number of people on a cable car railway to shift the Olympic masses? Or is this only decorative? I fear the latter.

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  • This is a very indulgent and over the top (quite literally) scheme, especially when the rest of the country is facing cuts to its public transport. Just build two jetties and put on a ferry crossing if you need to create another means of crossing the Thames so badly by the 2012 Olympics. I fear London will get its way again, because it is 'The City' after all - and us mere mortals outside the M25 should all be aspiring to Dick Whittington our way down to the only City in town.

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  • Would agree with Mr Felbrigg on this one.
    Seem to remember it being muted as part of the Millennium Exhibition concept proposals back in 1996/7.
    The RRP, Imagination and Battle McCarthy team I recall ....

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  • The country is economic meltdown and Wilkinson Eyre and TfL think now is the time to put forward plans for a cable car across the Thames.

    Is there any sign of intelligence there?

    Pray tell Newham and Greenwich Council, how this could even get past your in-bound postroom, let alone be considered for planning.

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  • Andrew Gilmour

    Let us replace Crossrail with a cable car and save billions.

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  • Barrie Wilson

    Complete waste of money.

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  • Seems totally unsuitable for moving large numbers of people as has been pointed out. Ferries, hovercraft, hydrofoils would all do a much better job at a fraction of the price.

    Another example of the Olympics living up to their name - all up in the clouds on a mountaintop and so out of touch with mere mortals!

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  • I am Alex

    Perhaps some of this money would be better spent by the ODA on, oh I don't know, lets see, maybe a wrap around one of the stadia? or perhaps some sort of cover for BoJo's twisted sculpture, sorry I mean advert.
    Gah!

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