New Cable Cars to Cross the Thames, By Mace Group

2,500 people every hour. It’s the capacity of London’s shiny new transportation wonder: the cable car system that will connect the two shores of the east Thames. The fascinating landmark was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and will be realised by the Mace Group. The Group already has a portfolio of iconic London schemes including the London Eye, the British Museum Great Court and a good deal of commercial developments, like City Hall. At The Think Tank, we were happy to spot this latest beauty.

50-millimetre steel cables will be stretched over one kilometre across the Thames. Reaching from the Greenwich Peninsula at The O2 up to the Royal Docks at ExCeL, the 34 cars involved will do the hourly work of 40 buses. No wonder that Mark Reynolds, Mace’s deputy chief executive, called it “an incredibly exciting new river crossing for London”. Transport for London has approved, and the £40 million project could well be up and running for next summer’s 2012 Olympic Games.

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