Commuter relief: Cable cars will be ready in time for Olympics

Cable cars, providing yet another link for tourists and commuters across the Thames, will be ready in time for the London Olympics.

Transport secretary Justine Greening has confirmed that she has received an application for the final approval of the £50 million project, which has been in security and testing phases for the past few weeks, dailymail.co.uk reports.

Should the green light be given, then the project – designed to connect attractions, event spaces and local businesses around the capital – should be open by July 28.

It is hoped that the project, known as the Emirates Airline, will help regenerate certain parts of London and provide businesses with a boost.

On a journey lasting just five minutes, 34 gondolas are capable of transporting 2,500 passengers an hour between the Greenwich peninsula and London Docklands.

Tim Clark, president of Emirates, which sponsors the cars, commented on bbc.co.uk: “The Emirates Air Line will bridge people closer, enabling them to discover, connect and express their ideas about this diverse city through crossing its majestic river, providing an incredible travel experience for residents, commuters and visitors alike.”

Emirates Airline operates between 7am – 9pm on weekdays while services begin an hour later on Saturdays. Sunday services meanwhile run from 9am.

Children under the age of five can ride the cars for free but adults will be charged; either in cash, or using their Oyster cards.