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Austrian company chosen to help build cable car across the Thames in London

14. February 2012

By summer 2012, London will get its first urban cable car. The scheme, initiated and led by Transport for London will be constructed by a group of construction companies including Doppelmayr, the Austrian manufacturer of cable cars.

The cable car for London will connect the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock and provide a fast and convenient service carrying pedestrians and cyclists at a height of 50 meters across the River Thames. London Mayor Boris Johnson stressed his conviction that cable car passengers will be captivated by the spectacular views of London’s Olympic sites and iconic skyline. He also said that the link is to become an essential part of London’s passenger transport system.

Hailed as the first urban aerial ropeway in the UK, the new link is to be firmly integrated into London’s public transport network. Worldwide, Doppelmayr ropeways carry around 2.5 billion passengers on an annual basis. Their installations rank among the safest and most comfortable means of mass transit. As technology leader, Doppelmayr sets the benchmark where safety and comfort are concerned. It is important to remember, however, that the maintenance and continuous expansion of such high quality and safety standards always take place in close cooperation with ropeway operating companies.

Ropeways as a contemporary means of transport are becoming very popular. Cities are increasingly discovering the benefits of ropeway transport – and are opting for gondola lifts as well as trackbound systems. According to Michael Doppelmayr, Managing Director, Doppelmayr is more than prepared to deal with future demands, “we always have our finger on the pulse and have every intention of shaping the future of ropeway technology by working hand in hand with existing and future customers.”

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For more information please contact:

Nike Onakoya | Press Officer, Corporate Press Desk
Transport for London | TfL Press Office, 11th Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
E-mail: NikeOnakoya@tfl.gov.uk
www.tfl.gov.uk
Tel: 0845 604 4141

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