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Plan For Cable Cars Across The Thames In Time For The London Olympics

Visitors to the London Olympics in 2012 could be riding on cables cars across the River Thames if the latest ambitious scheme gets the green light.

The new cable cars will be designed to link the O2 Arena in Greenwich with the ExCel Centre just over the river. It is estimated that the cable car system could ferry over 2,500 people an hour between the Olympic sites which are in an area of London which is low on traditional river crossings.

Funded through a private project, the cable cars have important backing in the form of Transport for London and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who said:

“Passengers would be able to drink in the truly spectacular views of the Olympic Park and iconic London landmarks whilst shaving valuable minutes from their travelling time.”

A proposed cable car system is favoured because it would be quick and relatively cheap, at and estimated cost of £25M to put build, compared to any potential new bridges or tunnels in the area.

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