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Sky high club: Emirates Air Line opening date announced

Posted at 8:30 am, June 19, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics, Transport
Emirates Air Line

Over at Time Out Towers, we’re pretty excited about opening of the Emirates Air Line at midday on Thursday June 28. Yes it isn’t exactly a route I often frequent – I don’t actually remember the last time I needed to make a flying trip from Greenwich to the Royal Docks, but good to know I now can. The cable car, confusingly named the Emirates Air Line (surely they already have an air line?!), will be making the 1.1km river crossing seven days a week from 7am-9pm (mon-fri), 8am-9pm (sat) and 9am-9pm (sun) carrying up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction. You’ll be able to pay for each journey on your Oyster pay as you go (sadly it doesn’t count as part of your capping rate!), with each trip setting you back £3.20. Unfortunately, people with travel cards and freedom passes will also have to pay the fare. If you’re mega keen to make it a key part of your commute, you can buy a frequent flyer pass where each ride is £1.60 or if you want to spend longer in the air soaking up the industrial sights, you can do a return trip (costing £6.40). We’ll be going down next Thursday to check it out and will report back. Sonya Barber

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