London Cable Car / Emirates Air Line

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Emirates Air Line gets busy after the lockdown
Emirates Air Line gets busy after the lockdown

Emirates Air Line gets busy after the lockdown

The Emirates Air Line, aka, the Dangleway, had its busiest day for nearly three years last Saturday, with around 9,000 journeys made on the cable car.

Jun
11
2021
London’s cable car has lost its cables
London’s cable car has lost its cables

London’s cable car has lost its cables

This is an amusing oddity, but the Google satellite views of the dangleway in Greenwich has removed the cables from the cable car.

May
09
2019
Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames
Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames

Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames

There were once plans to build a cable car that would link the Millennium Dome with the DLR on the north side of the river. Obviously, no such cable car was ever built.

Nov
15
2015
Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars
Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars

Victorian London’s double-decked cable cars

Plans for a cable car in London are as old as Victorian inventiveness -- for example, this double-decker cable car which would have run from Monument in the City over to Hyde Park Corner.

Oct
31
2014
Evacuation training exercise at the Cable Car
Evacuation training exercise at the Cable Car

Evacuation training exercise at the Cable Car

What would happen if you were in the Cable Car sightseeing the views, or maybe even commuting, and it broke down? It's not exactly the sort of transport system that you can get out and walk to the nearest exit.

Mar
23
2014
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 7th Dec
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 7th Dec

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 7th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
07
2012
Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture
Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture

Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture

Although London's cable car is something that divides opinion, largely down political allegiances, it is fairly undeniably an engineering triumph, and this morning a talk was held at the Building Centre to look at this aspect of the project.

Jul
13
2012
A second cable car at Greenwich?
A second cable car at Greenwich?

A second cable car at Greenwich?

A warning message to ships on the Thames, that three cables are be carried across the river to link Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs in a manner very similar to that used for the locked onto a river pier

Jul
02
2012
Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site
Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site

Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site

Tomorrow lunchtime in what is bound to be a media frenzy, Boris will take a trip across the Thames in his beloved Cable Car, some of the media will love it, and some will loathe it - with their decision probably being more based on politics than genuine reviews of the end product.

Jun
27
2012
Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route
Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route

Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route

It's been about a month since they joined the cable car pylons with the necessary cables during the early hours of a Saturday morning and a couple of weeks ago they started testing with the cable car pods.

May
12
2012
North and South linked as Cable Car cables join two sides of the Thames
North and South linked as Cable Car cables join two sides of the Thames

North and South linked as Cable Car cables join two sides of the Thames

After a few weeks of delays, last night at around 1am, the preliminary cables were draped between the two pylons for London’s Cable Car, creating the first permanent fixed link above the river between Tower Bridge and Dartford. Not knowing

Mar
31
2012
Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”
Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”

Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”

After several delays, it looks like this coming weekend will finally see the ropes strung between the Cable Car pylons.

Mar
26
2012
Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices
Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices

Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices

Update: a message from TfL tells me that the cable cars are rated for 10 people so the tax change doesn’t actually affect them. Must admit, having sat in one, I can only presume that’s 10 thin people, but that’s

Mar
22
2012
More Photos of the Cable Car Construction
More Photos of the Cable Car Construction

More Photos of the Cable Car Construction

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.

Mar
13
2012
Cable Car Rising
Cable Car Rising

Cable Car Rising

Just a few photos taken on Sunday as the Pylon for the Cable Cars continues to rise upwards.

Feb
27
2012
Updated photos from the Cable Car construction site
Updated photos from the Cable Car construction site

Updated photos from the Cable Car construction site

As the south pylon on the North Greenwich side of the river starts rising this week, a few photos of the construction site taken today.

Feb
19
2012
Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month
Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month

Cables for the Cable Car to arrive next month

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.

Feb
16
2012
A few photos of the Cable Car under construction
A few photos of the Cable Car under construction

A few photos of the Cable Car under construction

A few weeks ago I watched the first stage of the pylon being erected on the north side of the Thames, and wandered back this weekend to see the impact the white needle is having on the surrounding areas.

Jan
16
2012
First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed
First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed

First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed

When finally completed, the most striking aspect of Boris's latest folly/innovative public transport service (delete depending on political preference) will be the three tall pylons that carry the cables over the Thames.

Dec
06
2011
Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre
Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre

Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre

After a few months of occasional prodding the river bed looking for unexploded German bombs, earlier this week construction formally started on the Cable Car that will stretch across the river by the O2/Millennium Dome/White Elephant (delete as appropriate).

Jul
08
2011