Cable car across the Thames

Brogan

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Not sure if anyone's aware of this, but a cable car is currently being constructed across the Thames.

It will start in Royal Victoria Dock (50 metres from our apartment :D) and finish just east of the Dome/O2.

Here's a computer simulation of it.


I've been taking some photos at various stages of the build.
Here are a few of them.
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The actual structure will be built in the water.
Those concrete posts you can see are in about 10 metres if water and a further 10 metres into the ground to the bedrock.

The white framework being built just to the left, is a new glass pavilion, shaped like a crystal.
This is what it will look like when it's completed.
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You can also see a render of it in the cable car video.

More information here: http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/news_press/index/news_archive/siemens-pavilion.htm
 

ExtremeNinja

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London is awesome. Has anyone been through London Bridge, Blackfriars or Farringdon recently? The former East London Line is fantastic too. We've a way to go but we are finally starting to look like a modern European city again.

"
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner
That I love London so
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner
That I think of her wherever I go

I get a funny feeling inside of me
When walking up and down
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner
That I love London Town"
 

gethinceri

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Yes, I was in London this week, I've always found it stunning. I was on the DLR, how's that for a gentle rollercoaster? Love it!
 

mjo

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Quirky, and it will provide great views of other parts of the city - I can't think of any other major city that has a cable car like this. And your house, Bro, will get a 'unique' selling feature;).
 

Brogan

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A drop in the ocean compared to the rest of the Olympic budget - yes it's all part of that.
At least it is being part funded by the Emirates.

They're installing the cables today so I guess it won't be long before we start seeing cars.
 

ExtremeNinja

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Being a Londoner through and through, I'll spend my whole life living in this great city, I don't care how much they spend on it. The more, the better. I'm selfish too, by the way. ;)
 

Brogan

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A few more photos from the opposite view - apologies for the quality, I only had my phone with me was holding a wriggling toddler at the time :D

Our apartment is in the tall 20 storey building on the right in the third and fourth images.

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Brogan

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It's scheduled to be in operation this summer, in time for the olympics.

Whether it is or not is another matter, there looks to be a fair bit of work left to do.
I suspect it will be though as they've started working weekends and no doubt will start working late to make the deadline.
 

ExtremeNinja

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Shard is looking close to completion now, too. They have pretty much all the glass in now and the cranes are depleting in numbers.
 

Brogan

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Buggers opened it when we were away!
I was quite surprised to see it running today, considering how much was left to do when we left for Turkey a few weeks ago.

I was also surprised to see it stop running just after 9pm - I would have expected it to keep the same hours as the DLR.

Anyway, I'm planning to take a trip on it later this week so I'll upload a video* :D

(* Unless I get arrested for looking like a terrorist on a reconnaissance mission or something :rolleyes:)
 
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