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The first urban cable car in London

Austrian world leader in ropeway engineering, Doppelmayr/Garaventa, was selected to help design and build the very first urban cable car in the UK, travelling across the Thames in London.  

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group is the world leader in ropeway engineering. Their products include rope-propelled systems for public transport, material transport systems and avalanche blasting lifts.

Doppelmayr was selected to be part of a consortium of experts to build a detachable gondola lift across the Thames, known as the “Emirates Air Line”. It connects the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London with the Royal Docks in East London. The spectacular architectural addition was the first urban cable car system to be built in the UK. Perfectly integrated into the public transport network it was opened in June 2012 right on time for  the London Olympic Games.

The Emirates Air Line is 1,100 metres long and carries around 2,500 passengers per hour and direction – in 34 gondolas fitting 10 people each. The passengers have a spectacular 360-degree view of the city and its sights from heights of up to 90 metres. The cable car provides a much-needed river crossing in the area, cutting travel times to five minutes.