The London Cable Car Opens in Time for the London 2012 Olympic Games
After months of non committal statements about whether or not the London Cable Car crossing over the River Thames would be ready in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Stratford, the cable car system is finally fully tested and open for business on June 28th 2012.
The cable car crossing, or rather ‘Emirates Air Line’ to use the official sponsors name for
the first UK urban cable car, links two Olympic venues – the Excel Centre (combat sports) and the O2 Millennium Dome (gymnastics and basketball) – so it’s just as well the managed to get it finished on time really.
Unfortunately it hasn’t come in on budget as well, with additional costs making a £24 million shortfall from the sponsorship deal, to be made up by the London taxpayers.
Detailed Fares for the London Cable Car Crossing have been announced
- The cash one-way adult fare : £4.30
- Pay-as-you-go Oyster card one-way fare : £3.20
- Children under 5 year old : Free
- Aged 5-15 – cash one-way fare : £2.20
- Aged 5-15 – Oystercard one-way fare : £1.60
- Carnet of 10 single journeys : £16
- Non-stop round trip Oystercard : £6.40
The special price for non-stop round trip paid for with your pay-as-you-go Oystercard at £6.40 looks like an amazing “2 for the price of 1+1″ type of offer!
Travel Between The Orbit Tower and London Cable Car
It should be perfectly possible to ride on both the London Cable Car Crossing and the Orbit Tower on the same day as they are both in East London. The best way to travel between the two is the Jubilee Line London Underground (the tube) service between Stratford (for the Olympic Park) and North Greenwich, a total of 3 stops with a journey time of just 9 minutes. This will take you to the south bank of the river crossing.
But if you like heights but hate tunnels, you could take the Docklands Light Railway from Stratford DLR to Royal Victoria on the north bank, which is also meant to be a 9 minute journey but will seem much longer.
London Cable Car FAQ
- Q Can I use my games travelcard on the cable car? A Games Travelcard holders may be entitled to the same discount as PAYG Oystercard holders, ie £3.20 instead of £4.30 but the London Cable car isn’t included in the unlimited tube, train and bus travel within zones covered by a 1 day pass Travelcard, which is what the games card is, really.