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28 Jun 2012
London's new Emirates Air Line cable car service launches
Image: Mayor Boris Johnson launched the new service
Emirates Air Line, the new 1.1km (0.7-mile) cable car service linking Greenwich with the Royal Docks in London, has embarked on its first passenger flight today (28 June).
Mayor Boris Johnson officially launched the new service spanning the river Thames, which offers panoramic views overlooking the capital and has taken nearly a year to construct.
A total of 34 cabins will cater for up to 2,500 people each hour, travelling at a height of 90m (295ft) above the Thames. It has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
In addition to providing a new transport link to the east of the city, the Emirates Air Line will also allow people to take a non-stop return journey to experience the views overlooking London.
Johnson, said: "The Emirates Air Line is a stunning addition to London's transport network, providing a much needed new connection across the Thames."
Mace Macro will operate the Emirates Air Line, which has been built by Mace working with Aedas, Buro Happold, Expedition, URS and cable car specialist Doppelmayr.
Image: Transport for London