Over the past weekend, the river by North Greenwich was due to be closed to allow the cables to be strung between the tall pylons. This did not happen – and I wandered over to see why.

Some test wires have already been loaded onto the northernmost pylon and linking down to the terminus building – but the tallest pylon, which sits in the river next to Silvertown still hasn’t had its cap added.

Test cables

More significantly though, the southern pylon, which should be a tall mast by now was still a stump in the river.

Southern cable car pylon

Well, that explains the delay then!

A notice from the Port of London Authority that the cable stringing event had been put back to this coming weekend was supported by a number of road and pedestrian closure signs dotted around the northern side of the river.

Pylon with test cables and road closure sign

I also took a chance to have a look at the northern terminus building, which sits on a concrete raft within the dock itself. Would have probably been more dramatic if the building was right in the middle of the dock with a walkway – but that would have been harder/more expensive to build. Alas.

Northern terminus building

Assuming the southern pylon is completed on time — and the weather is favourable — then this weekend will be the Big Media Event to string the cables across the river.

Northern terminus building

Looking over to the Southern building site

Warning sign by the northern terminus

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  1. Creepy Lesbo

    I was over at the Greenwich North area the other day and saw that end of it. I thought the end building where the cables went in looked like a massive sandspeeder from Star Wars and thought that was a ‘pod’ initially, until my other half pointed out it’s the mechanism where the cables go in and come out again, like a ski lift. Doh. Amazed at how quickly it’s all happened so far.

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