River Thames cable car crossing moves closer to completion

The construction of the country’s first urban cable car, which will take passengers to and from the Royal Docks, has moved another step forward.

A crawler crane has started the process of erecting the south tower of the river crossing following the completion of the north intermediate tower last month.

It was put together on site over a two-week period. Once fully assembled, it will have a reach of 120m.

The cable car, funded by �36m from Emirates, will have the capacity to carry up to 2,500 people per hour in every direction.

It will create a direct link between the O2 and the ExCeL centre and additional interchange between the Docklands Light Railway and Jubilee line.

Operations manager Danny Price said: “The Emirates Air Line is fast taking shape, one of the three towers is already complete with the second due to be completed shortly.

“Having one of the largest cranes in the country on site highlights the sheer scale of the job at hand.

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“We are on track to have this new transport scheme opening this summer.”