Not entirely new news, but the application for the Greenwich cable car has now made its way onto both Greenwich Council and Newham Council‘s websites, should you want to take a look and respond to it.
In planning terms, it’s the “erection of a cable car, extending for a length of 1,100m over the River Thames from North Greenwich Peninsula to Royal Victoria Dock (in LB Newham) at a minimum clearance of 54.1m above mean high water springs”. On this side of the river, it’ll involve the construction of a terminal and depot facilities in what’s currently the London Soccerdome car park, as well as a tower on the Thames foreshore just south of the pier. The north terminal will be close to Royal Victoria DLR station.
I would have expected the terminal to be a little closer to the Dome and North Greenwich Tube – but that land is already being redeveloped. Transport for London says over 80% of responses to its recent consultation came from “local people” (whatever that means), with the vast majority being positive about the scheme. It is still hoped to have it up and running in time for the Olympics, if funds can be secured and planning approval given at the start of next year.
It still feels like the answer to a problem which doesn’t really exist (“cripes! how do we get to the Royal Victoria Dock?”) but bear in mind that even within six months, the area around Peninsula Square, close to the Dome, will have a very different feel to now.