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Tuesday, 10 December

PPM on a High

The Emirates Air Line - the cable car link that crosses the River Thames and helps link the Excel exhibition centre with the O2 (Millennium Dome) and is often useful in alleviating the big crowds is to close for essential planned maintenance for week of 13 to 19.

And there are likely to be big crowds. The Cleaning Show is on and probably won't generate much of a surge on its own but the Data Centre Show is also running which traditionally pulls in a huge audience. (ThisWeekinFM will have representatives at both.)

"Our planned maintenance week ensures that we can continue to run a safe and reliable service for all of our customers," said Danny Price, Head of the Emirates Air Line, TfL.

The work will be carried out by operator Mace Macro with assistance from Doppelmayr, who built the cable car system and have been involved in the operations and maintenance since then. As well as being a statutory requirement, it is part of the annual maintenance programme required by all cable car systems around the world.

 

Cable inspection

This year, the join in the continuous 2.4 km cable will be opened up and inspected by experts from the company who manufactured it - an inspection that only needs to take place every five years. In addition to this, the electric drive motor and gearbox will be serviced as well as checks being made on the complex hydraulic and electrical systems that control the operation of the cable car.

 While the closure is in place, the nearest alternative public transport is North Greenwich Tube station for the Jubilee line on the south side of the river and Royal Victoria DLR station on the north side.

Picture: The Emirates Air Line is closing for a week for one of London's biggest planned preventative maintenance jobs

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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