Boris Johnson's plans to regenerate east London have received a boost with the start of construction works for the capital's innovative cable car.
As design and build contractor on the new London cable car scheme Mace, and a team of expert sub-contractors, has started work on both sides of the river on the two stations passengers will be using for the cable car; this includes piles being driven deep into the ground to support the construction of the building foundations.
Work to install the piles for the new north station in the Royal Victoria Dock is taking place from a barge rig moored in the dock and on the Greenwich Peninsula for the south station. Work in the river is also progressing to probe for obstructions prior to the river piling.
The new transport link is set to give a once-in-a-lifetime boost to the economic regeneration of east London, providing an essential addition to a newly created Enterprise Zone. This supports the Mayor's vision to transform this area into a new metropolitan quarter boasting new businesses, tourist attractions, homes and job opportunities.
Scheduled for completion in summer 2012 the airborne link will provide spectacular views across the Thames, and a new and unique addition to London's transport network for thousands of commuters and visitors to London.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'London's cable car will boost the ongoing renaissance of this easterly quarter of the Capital, helping to secure a massive legacy for Londoners coming from the 2012 Games.'
Howard Smith, one of Transport for London's (TfL's) Chief Operating Officer's, said: 'TfL is proud that in such a short period of time we've been able to start main works for the cable car. This scheme offers a great opportunity not only to boost the number of river crossings in London but also promote the regeneration of this part of east London and to support tourism to the Capital.'