A proposal unveiled today could see Britain’s first urban cable cars transporting thousands of people an hour between London’s
Greenwich peninsula and the Royal Docks, 50m above
the Thames River.

The scheme would cost £25m and increase the number of river crossings east of Tower
Bridge, serve as a tourist attraction, and cut travel times between two
major Olympic and Paralympic venues – the O2 and ExCeL – ahead of the
2012 games.

If planning and funding permission is secured the hanging buses could be moving in time for the Olympics where they would provide
a crossing every 30 seconds and carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour in
each direction — the equivalent of 50 busloads. It would be fully
accessible for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and pushchairs.

London mayor Boris Johnson has asked TfL and the London Development Agency to run a
public consultation on the proposal to gauge local views on the idea.

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