Daily Archives: July 6, 2008

Cable cars across the Thames?

Greenwich Cable Car

From today’s Sunday Times:

A network of Alpine-style cable cars carrying commuters across the Thames is being considered by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.

Passengers would be transported from the O2 arena in Greenwich to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, and possibly on to the site of the 2012 Olympics, under plans drawn up by Lord Rogers, the mayor’s architecture adviser.

Rogers is proposing eight river crossings, mainly in east London, to cope with development in the area.

This looks extremely exciting!  I’ve no idea if it would actually ease carbon emmissions or make commuting easier, but just as another piece of “London as a theme park”, it might look quite striking…  Almost as good as the idea of using Battersea Power Station as a tube station.

Plus it gives me a chance to stretch my lamentable photoshop skills… I know, I suck at Photoshop…  The photo above is based on one of the dome by JL2003, and a cable car in Spain by ginsnob (both are creative commons licensed).

Another take on the idea in the Guardian here.

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Blackheath Hill – the buried station

From 1871 until 1917, there was a Blackheath Hill Station, just west of the heath.  The wondeful Subterranea Britannica has some great photos of how it used to look, how it was filled in with earth, and a particularly good shot of part of the platform re-emerging out of the ground during building works.

These days the station has been replaced by an estate of houses.  I can’t help wondering if the residents of the houses built above the station sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, hearing ghostly steam trains rattling beneath their floorboards.

Have a look at the photos here.   The whole of their site is well worth a look – the mysteries of the deep level london shelters especially.

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