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.


Filed under Not Blackheath but nearby

3 responses to “Cable cars across the Thames?

  1. matty

    A nice idea maybe, but I don’t seeing it helping the thousands of people queuing to use the Blackwall tunnel from 5.45am every weekday…. A bridge would have helped, but that’s been shelved (of course).

  2. This was planned for when the Millennium Dome opened – a cable car link to East India DLR, and possibly to Canary Wharf too.

  3. I remember hearing about it a while ago, but it sounds like the idea has just been revived… By the way, every time I hear your name on the tube, I shudder…

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