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Gondola lift across London
Friday April 22, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

It has been announced that work on the project will start this summer. The £50m project will link Greenwich and the O2 to the Royal Victoria Docks and the ExCeL centre. A major ski lift builder is involved.

The gondola lift will be 1.1 km long and will carry 2,500 people per hour on the 5-minute journey.

The lift will have 35 cabins,

The lift construction company, Dopplemayr, that builds many ski lifts in the Alps and beyond is part of the consortium that will construct the gondola lift in London.

News of the gondola was announed earlier but now Transport for London, TfL, has made the announcement of work starting in the summer.

It will be completed in time for the Olympic Games in 2012.

"The cable car will play a vital role in the once-in-a-lifetime regeneration of east London and provide a much-needed additional river crossing in this area of the city," a spokesperson for TfL has said.

"It remains the intention that TfL will seek to recoup as much of the cost as possible through a number of sources including advertising, sponsorship and fare revenue."

For a film of what the experience may be like see the video report below.

"Gliding serenely through the air across the Thames will provide a truly sublime, bird's eye view of our wonderful city. This innovative airborne travel link will be a vital component in the ongoing renaissance of a vibrant easterly quarter of the Capital, providing a much-needed river crossing," said the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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