London’s Emirates Air Line progresses

The UK’s first urban cable car, the Emirates Air Line is well underway with the three main towers and a 1.1km stretch of steel cable across the river Thames already in place.

The 34 cabins to be used for transporting passengers across the river will soon go through the testing process set for passenger service in the summer of 2012.

International consultancy and construction company Mace has been providing design and build services, while specialist facilities management firm Macro is looking after operations of the development.

TfL Emirates Air Line operations manager Danny Price said: “Work on the Emirates Air Line is really gaining momentum now. This is a major milestone for the project and helps everyone to visualise the unique and exciting travel experience soon to link the Royal Victoria Docks and Greenwich Peninsula. It won’t be long before we see the rigorous testing and commissioning process starting with a cabin taking its first flight across the river.”

Mace project director Matt Randall added: “The pull of the cable across the Thames has been a highly complex and intricate part of the construction of this landmark project. We used boats to make the initial rope connection during the short night-time window when the tide was at its lowest, working with the Port of London Authority to keep the river way clear, and this was eventually replaced with the cable itself. Now the cable has been tensioned to the correct height, the next step will be to commence the testing of the whole system.”

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