New river cable car crossing in London

The first urban cable car system of its kind in the UK, known as The Emirates Air Line will be providing a new and exciting crossing over the river Thames.

The Emirates Air Line will allow pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists to travel over the Thames within five minutes, from terminals at Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks. Up to 2,500 people will be able to use the cable car per hour in each direction – equivalent to 30 buses, and it will carry around two million passengers each year.

The Emirates have sponsored this fast and accessible crossing in a deal worth £36m over 10 years.

The car is the first in a series of improvements to east London’s river crossings, and is among a range of measures to regenerate the area by transforming it into a hive of new business, entertainment and leisure, supported by world-class transportation.

As a new landmark on the London skyline, the Emirates Air Line will connect local communities, improve access to visitor destinations either side of the river and speed up river crossings.

Experience travel by the Emirates Air Line virtually – click here.


Emirates Air Line Map

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The Mayor’s Thames Festival which is a free event taking place in mid-September each year, is one of the most spectacular London events of the year – a vivid mixture of live music, dance, feasting, carnival, river races, art installations and street arts. Events take place on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges and public open spaces from the London Eye to Tower Bridge and beyond. Come down to the river in September and celebrate the cultural diversity of London in grand style!

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