Thames Cable Car

Transport for London and Wilkinson Eyre have submitted plans for a cable car spanning the river Thames in east London.

The proposed crossing would stretch 1.1km between North Greenwich and the Royal Victoria Dock at a maximum height of 54.1m above the water, linking two of the 2012 Olympic game venues  - the ExCel exhibition centre and the O2 arena.

The designs include a main tower at Clyde Wharf, rising to a height of 93m , and a 66m-high intermediate tower to support the gondola cable and communication cable.

Also proposed is a  two-storey station including a concourse, ticket office and retail space with a gondola arrival and departure platform on the first floor.

Boris Johnson revealed ambitions to go ahead with the scheme earlier this year. It was originally suggested by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2007.

The plans have now been submitted to Newham and Greenwich councils for approval, with the project is due to be finished in time for the 2012 games.

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