Update – they missed the deadline, twice. New dates amended below.

In what is bound to be a bit of a media feast, the cables for the cable car will be strung between the tall helical pylons in just a few weeks time.

To my mind, the tall pylons although comparatively close to each other are isolated and singular entities, and it will be the thin and almost inconspicuous cables that (literally) tie the whole structure together.

Northern Pylon from a DLR station

According to a notice from the Port of London Authority, the works will take place over the weekend of the 10th and 11th 17th-18th 24-25th March 2012. Weather permitting of course. If the weather does not permit – then shift everything to the following weekend, and repeat until the weather gods relent.

On Saturday morning, at some point between 1am-5am (but likely to be 2-3am), the river will be closed to traffic and the preliminary “messenger ropes” will be taken across the river by tug.

A total of three messenger ropes will be taken across, and lifted to a height of 40 metres and clamped off, which is expected to be completed by 5am on Saturday morning.

On Sunday – between 6am-7pm, the 3 messenger ropes will be used to pull the main cables over the river between the two towers.

By 7pm, the cables should be tensioned to a minimum clearance of 40m above height of tide and thereafter will continue to be tensioned to achieve 55.1 metres above mean sea level by 6pm on Monday 12th 19th 26th March.

So, Tuesday morning should be the first chance to see the cable car structures in their full “glory” and just waiting for the ground stations to be finished and little red pods to start drifting across the river.

You never know, this might actually arrive before the Olympics.

In related information – there will be additional heavy lift equipment at North Greenwich from this Sunday onwards for the erection of the final pylon. Lifting operations will be limited to between 9:30pm and 6am hours on account of restrictions by London City Airport.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with:

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

  1. Matt says:

    Is it just me or does that pylon look a little like the Seattle Space Needle? Minus the flying saucer bit on the top, of course.

  2. Bill Turvill says:

    No cable strung across this week end, maybe next?

3 Pings/Trackbacks for "Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month"
  1. […] He’s been visiting regularly, taking photos of the construction in various phases, and reports that the cables are due to go in soon. […]

  2. […] string the cables between the completed pylons is scheduled to take place over the weekend of the 10th and 11th March 2012. « « Previous Blog […]

  3. […] is completed on time — and the weather is favourable — then this weekend will be the Big Media Event to string the cables across the […]

Home >> News >> Events and Tours