Emirates Air Line, funded with £36m from the Dubai-owned airline, crosses the Thames form Greenwich Peninsula on the south to Royal Docks on the north.

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The 34 cabins reach a height of 90m above the river, and carry the equivalent of 30 buses of passengers from riverside Olympic venues the Excel Centre and the O2. 

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Boris was particularly impressed with the cable car, which is Britain’s first urban cable car system, decreeing that it made him feel like Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. 

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