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LogoEmirates Air Line

A Cable Car

[Last modified: 2016-07-18]

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History
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Features
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Services
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Topology
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Layout
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Depots
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Connections
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Rolling stock

History

The "Emirates Air Line" is a cable car system crossing the River Thames from the Isle of Dogs and the Royal Victoria Docks. Despite this, it is legally deemed to be a railway and, for management purposes, is part of the Docklands Light Railway.

The cable car proposal was officially announced in July 2010 and construction started in August 2011.

Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, paid over half of the total construction costs of the line via a 10-year sponsorship deal. This is why, uniquely, the line is named after a commercial body.

Dates

Since there are only two stations on the line, locations are not given.

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2012-06-28 Opened
2016-03-06 Closed (maintenance)
2016-03-14 Reopened

Features

The line runs straight between the two stations with three supporting towers. Heights (above Ordnance Datum unless otherwise stated) are as follows:

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station ground level 5.24 m
Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station platform level 11.85 m
Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station roof level 18.99 m
South main tower 88.837 m
Mean high spring tide 3.72 m
Mean low spring tide -2.71 m
Clearance above mean high spring tide 54.1 m
North main tower 93.014 m
Intermediate tower 66.020 m
Emirates Royal Docks station ground level 5.60 m
Emirates Royal Docks station platform level 10.40 m
Emirates Royal Docks station roof level 17.60 m
Royal Victoria Dock water level 4.21 m

The Emirates Royal Docks station lies within the Royal Victoria Dock, while the two main towers are on the banks of the Thames.

Services

Gondolas depart every 30 seconds, though this can apparently be reduced to as low as 15 seconds if necessary. Normally around 20 gondolas will be in service at a time.

End-to-end running time is 5 minutes.

Topology

Diagram

Layout

There are no official distances on the line. I have therefore arbitrarily set the intermediate tower to 31.0000 km, which puts it at about the same location as on the DLR. The line has its own fares and is not part of the zonal fare system.

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Locations are listed down the page in the northeastbound direction.

395798 30.179 [T] {Emirates Greenwich Peninsula}
395798 30.2070 [-] [building portal]
395799 30.3820 [-] [south main tower]
398802 30.8130 [-] [north main tower]
399804 31.0000 [-] [intermediate tower]
401806 31.2273 [-] [building portal]
401806 31.255 [V] {Emirates Royal Docks}

Station locations are the approximate furthest extent of travel by gondolas.

Depots

Spare gondolas are stored and maintained at Emirates Greenwich Penisula station, which is capable of holding the entire stock.

Connections

There are no connections to any other line.

Rolling Stock

The line is operated by 34 gondolas that run on a single cable; each gondola can carry 10 people. The cable forms a single loop and is powered at Emirates Royal Docks station. Gondolas lift off the cable at each end of the journey.


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