Emirates Air Line set to close for maintenance

London cable car system, sponsored by Dubai airline, to shut down for a week later in March
Emirates Air Line set to close for maintenance
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By Andy Sambidge
Sat 09 Mar 2013 10:05 AM

London's cable car system, made possible by a $56m sponsorship deal with Dubai's Emirates Airline, has announced that it will close later this month for maintenance work.

The "important and planned" maintenance work will be carried out over one week from March 18 to 24, Transport for London said in a statement.

It added that the work is a statutory requirement and is in line with annual essential maintenance programmes that take place on cable cars around the world.

The statement said the closure period is much shorter than others as the Emirates Air Line has a modern structure and covers a shorter distance than other cable cars.

The nature of the work means that it must be carried out in daylight hours, TfL said.

It will include comprehensive weight testing for each of the 34 cabins and a full inspection of the sheave wheels that the cable passes through at the top of the three helix towers.

Danny Price, TfL’s head of the Emirates Air Line, said: “The Emirates Air Line has already carried over 1.9 million passengers and customer satisfaction with the service is very high. It is playing a vital role in attracting investment to the local area and supporting its growth.

“This short period of maintenance work is an essential part of the ongoing operation of the Emirates Air Line and will mean there will not be any other planned closures this year.

"We apologise to anyone affected and have tried to ensure it is taking place at a time when it will cause the least disruption.”

The Emirates Air Line was built to support the Mayor of London’s plans to revive the neighbouring areas it connects which have been neglected for decades, by creating jobs for Londoners and stimulating growth.

Last month, The UK's The Times newspaper reported that the London cable car was losing up to £50,000 ($77,500) a week.

Fewer than 15,000 people used the Emirates Air Line cable car in the week to February 2 - 4,500 less than in any other week since the service opened in June 2012, according to figures released to the newspaper under Britain's Freedom of Information Act.

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