Search

Cable car crossing posts lowest weekly passenger numbers since opening

PUBLISHED: 16:39 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 30 January 2013

The cable car crossing in east London

The cable car crossing in east London

Archant

Passenger numbers on the cable car across the river Thames in east London continue to plummet - with fewer people using the service last week than in any other since it opened.

Fewer than 16,000 people used the cable cars in the week ending January 26 – 4,500 less than in any other since the service opened in June 2012.

Passenger numbers on the crossing, between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, have fallen by more than 80 per cent since the end of the Olympics. The decline in users is showing no sign of easing.

London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs, said the cars are not attractive to commuters because they are not linked to the rest of the network.

“The Mayor [of London, Boris Johnson] needs to decide if its part of the transport network or a tourist attraction.”

“It’s a bit of a white elephant at present, but in the future it might be more attractive”, he added.

But Danny Price, who is Transport for London’s head of the Emirate Air Line, claimed he was confident the number of people using the service would increase as east London’s population continues to grow.

He said: “As with all new transport links, the number of regular users builds over time as people become familiar with new journey possibilities.

“Current passenger numbers are in line with TfL’s forecasts”, he added.

TfL is still waiting to recoup its £15.5m outlay from sponsors Emirates and EU funding.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 10:00

If you’re wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend why not watch our three-minute Met Office update on whether we’re getting rain or sunshine?

Met Office
Fri, 14:58

A multi-million pound project to make Newham the first place in the country to set up a partnership to own and build integrated health and care facilities is a step closer to reality.

Newham Council
Fri, 11:37

A new nursing course has been launched to help the chronic shortage of nurses in east London’s hospitals.

University of East London

There has been a 49 per cent rise in rough sleepers in Newham since 2013 – the sixth largest among London boroughs.

barking

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now