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Plans For Cable Cars Between Bristol Temple Meads And Clifton Suspension Bridge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Bristol Live.

The title only says half of it, as this is only the first route.

Conclusion

I like the idea!

I also think we should have more!

August 7, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

£82m, 30m High Aerial Tramway Vision Would Link Eden Project North To Lancaster University And M6

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Lancaster Guardian.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Proposals for an £82m aerial tramway project linking Lancaster, Morecambe and the university have been drawn up by the man behind the initial plans for Eden Project North.

Standing at more than 30m high, the Aerial Tramway System would link the proposed Eden Project North, the Bay Gateway, Lancaster Railway Station, the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus, Lancaster University and junction 33 of the M6 motorway.

Iy is an interesting suggestion.

But I do question the cost.

The Emirates Air Line in London has the following characteristics.

  • I kilometre in length
  • 2 stations
  • 34 gondolas in use at one time.
  • ten-seat gondolas
  • 90 metres maximum height.

The proposed Lancaster and Morecambe aerial tramway has the following characteristics.

  • I0 kilometres in length
  • 5 stations
  • 30 gondolas in use at one time.
  • thirty-five-seat gondolas
  • 30 metres maximum height.

As the cost of the Emirate Air Line is reported at £60million, I’m afraid that £82million for the Lancaster and Morecambe aerial tramway are slightly ambitious.

In Getting To The Proposed Morecambe Eden Project By Train, I laid out how a large zero-carbon rail system could develop around Morecambe.

I also concluded that journeys to and from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester, could be made zero-carbon.

Conclusion

There could be better ways to acgieve the same local objectives.

 

July 26, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

The Future Of The Emirates Air Line

I’ve always liked the Emirates Air Line, but I hadn’t used it for some time until today.

As I was in the area, I used it to cross the river, this morning.

I can make these observations.

The Weather Could Have Been Better

The cable-car needs sunny weather, although I did once go across in the snow.

The Cable-Car Wasn’t Busy

Compare today’s pictures wit this one taken in February 2014.

The Cable Car Was Busy

One of the attendants said it was becoming more of a tourist attraction rather than a means of transport.

This meant today, I had a car to myself and didn’t have to share it with several excited kids.

I think too, that the weather was against visitors and tourists now know the best times to use the cable car.

In my view, when the sun is setting is by far the best.

There Are A Lot More Skyscrapers

The last time I rode across was in March 2016, after which I wrote Riding The Cable Car.

There has been a lot of high rise building in the intervening years.

I suspect that as more and more skyscrapers are built, a ride between them all across the river will become more popular.

The Line

The Line is a sculpture trail, that runs from Greenwich to the Olympic Park. The cable-car has to be used by non-swimmers  to cross the river.

The Line is connected OR or close to London’s railways as follows.

  • Stratford – Central Line, Jubilee Line, DLR, London Overground, National Rail and in the future; Crossrail.
  • Stratford High Street – DLR
  • Pudding Mill Lane – DLR
  • Bromley-by-Bow – District and Hammersmith & City Lines
  • Star Lane – DLR
  • Canning Town – Jubilee Line and DLR
  • Royal Victoria – DLR
  • North Greenwich – Jubilee Line

All these connections mean that it can be done in sections.

The Tide

The Tide is an partly elevated five km route, that will be linked to the cable-car, that will be fully-open in two years.

Crossrail

Crossrail will affect all travel in East London and it connects at Stratford stayion to The Line.

I don’t know the route of the Tide, but it may make walking from the O2 to Woolwich sttion for Crossrail much more relaxing.

Although it doesn’t serve Greenwich directly, I believe Crossrail will draw more tourists to the cable-car.

Docklands Light Railway

The DLR is getting new trains in the next few years and an extension to Thamesmead.

As with Crossrail it will draw more tourists to the area and the cable-car.

Thames Clippers

These are expanding and they will bring more tourists to the cable-car.

Conclusion

These and other factors, such as tourists venturing out of the centre of London, will mean that more vistors will explore the East and use the cable-car.

May 11, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Up And Down Pilatus

These pictures document my trip up the Pilatus Railway and then down to Lucerne by cable-car.

Note.

  1. I started from Alpnachstad station, which is about twenty minutes from Lucerne station.
  2. The round trip took just under two hours.
  3. It cost me half price of 36 CHF, with my Swiss Pass.

I probably went up rather too early in the day, as the views would have been better later on.

September 13, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Up The Schilthorn

I took these pictures on the ascent by cable-car of the Schilthorn.

Note.

  1. The ascent was on three successive cable-cars.
  2. As the weather was good, it was rather busy with waits at the cable-car changes.
  3. This ascent is included in a Swiss Pass and the only thing, I needed to do was get a free ticket at the first change.
  4. The windows on one cable-car could have done with a good clean.

It was certainly a good value ride.

September 11, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Ascending The Heights Of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham is a tourist attraction at Matlock Bath, close to the station.

I walked down, as I needed to get a train back to Derby. I did it in sensible trainers and don’t do it in anything less!

I’m sure this attraction would benefit from a better train service from Derby and Nottingham.

June 1, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Up And Down The Dubrovnik Cable Car

I took these pictures as I rode the Dubrovnik Cable Car.

The island beyond the city is Lokrum.

I have this feeling that if you timed it right, the light could be very good on the way down.

May 8, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Riding The Cable Car

I hadn’t ridden the Emirates Air-Line for some time, so I thought it would be a good idea on Sunday.

As you can see, I got a car to myself.

I think the trouble with the line, is that it is pushed at tourists, who don’t realise that the cheapest way to cross it, is by the use of an Oyster card.

But it doesn’t appear to accept cashless payment, which as this is most of London’s preferred payment method, probably doesn’t help ridership.

Let’s face it, who in their right mind would use Oyster? I have a Freedom Pass, so I don’t need Oyster, but I do get peeved that I have to carry one with perhaps twenty pounds on it, just so I can use the cable-car.

March 20, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

The Pollution Didn’t Seem To Be Too Bad!

To check on the forecast pollution, I took some pictures this morning and early afternoon.

I started by taking a 56 bus, which is one of the Dalston omnibuses, to St. Paul’s, where I mounted on One New Change.

I then took the DLR from Bank to Royal Victoria, from where I took the cable car to North Greenwich.

I finished the journey by taking the Underground to Chalk Farm from where I walked to the top of Primrose Hill.

I also found this page on the DEFRA web site, which gives a pollution forecast.

April 3, 2014 Posted by | News, World | , , | Leave a comment

The Cable Car Was Busy

The Emirates Air Line has been criticised for low usage lately.

The Cable Car Was Busy

The Cable Car Was Busy

However, this picture shows that the sun brings out the punters.

Later, I was able to have my first outdoor cup of tea.

My First Outdoor Drink Of 2014

My First Outdoor Drink Of 2014

In fact, the only problem was the breeze made it difficult to control the bills.

February 16, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment