Transport for London is consulting on a new cable car link between Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks which it says will “further boost economic regeneration” in the area and provide a “low emission” addition to the capital’s transport network.
The privately funded scheme would cut travel times between the O2 and ExCeL which will both host Olympic and Paralympic events.
Officials say cable cars would cross the Thames at a height of over 50 metres, providing up to 2,500 passengers per hour with aerial views of the Olympic Park.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has asked TfL and the London Development Agency to carry out a public consultation on the scheme.
TfL say they are in discussions with “number of private sector organisations” which have expressed an interest in being part of the scheme.
Announcing the proposal Mayor Johnson said: “A cable car spanning the majestic Thames would not only provide a unique and pioneering addition to London’s skyline, but also offer a serene and joyful journey across the river. Passengers would be able to drink in the truly spectacular views of the Olympic Park and iconic London landmarks whilst shaving valuable minutes from their travelling time. It would also provide a much needed enhancement of cross river options to the east of the city.”
Details of the consultation scheme can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/cablecar