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Tests start on Docklands cable cars across the Thames

PUBLISHED: 12:55 16 May 2012

Cable car testing gets underway

Cable car testing gets underway

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The first tests started yesterday on the cable car network that will link the Greenwich peninsula with the Royal Docks across the River Thames.

On Monday, 34 cabins making up the Emirates Air Line travelled 90 metres across the river along 1.1km of cable from the south terminal.

No passengers were on board but weights were loaded into the cars to simulate the maximum number of people.

This is part of a series of rigorous safety trials and follows last month’s completion of the three towers with cabling extended across the river.

Due to open in time for this summer’s Olympic Games, the cable car will allow pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists to cross the River Thames within five minutes.

It is hoped the crossing will encourage regeneration in the area and provide access to visitor attractions.


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