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London cable car completes 13 million journeys

One of the capital’s most popular attractions, the Emirates Air Line has completed 13 million journeys and is now seeking a new sponsor as its 10-year partnership with the Middle Eastern airline is due to expire next year.

The cable car, which opened in the summer of 2012 as part of TfL’s preparations for that year’s London Olympic and Paralympic Games, crosses the River Thames and has complemented major regeneration in both the Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula.

Supported by three steel towers, two of which are 90m tall, the cable car travels 1.1km between its two termini. In all, more than 1,100t of structural steelwork was needed for the project, all of which was fabricated, supplied and erected by Severfield.

Josh Crompton, TfL’s Head of the Cable Car, said: “Our cable car is unique to London and it provides spectacular views for those wanting to cross the Thames to get to the Royal Docks or Greenwich Peninsula.

“These latest figures show that it remains as popular as ever with Londoners and visitors. The Emirates Air Line is an instantly recognisable part of London now and we are keen to work with a brand following our successful 10-year partnership with Emirates. This exciting opportunity will allow the successful brand to get both national and global awareness, building on the success of this unique part of the London transport network, as well as feature on the Tube map.”

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