Construction of Boris Johnson’s cable car scheme linking the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock got underway this week but City Hall is still refusing to promise the scheme will be ready in time for next year’s Olympic Games.
On Wednesday Transport for London announced work had begun on the two passengers stations and that preliminary work had started in the river.
London Assembly Members have previously called on the Mayor and TfL to commit to an in-service date for the £57m scheme which is being funded by taxpayers despite an earlier assurance that no public funding would be needed.
In May Johnson told LibDem AM Caroline Pidgeon the project would be completed when “it’s good and ready” while TfL will only commit itself to “summer 2012”.
In a statement TfL insisted “the cable car is not a part of the Olympics Transport Plan so completion in time for the Games is not required.”
On Wednesday Johnson predicted the project would “will boost the ongoing renaissance of this easterly quarter of the Capital, helping to secure a massive legacy for Londoners coming from the 2012 Games. “
TfL is hoping the recoup construction costs via a series of sponsorship and revenue sharing deals.