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transmanche

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...of the emirates cable car?
Two things. An additional river crossing, which provides capacity equivalent to 30 buses an hour. And something that will become a visitor attraction in its own right.

Also while we're here what's the point of the croxley extension?
Again two things. To replace a rail line which was severed by a road project. And to give the Metropolitan line a more central Watford terminus - i.e. closer to where people actually want to go.
 

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New York has the Roosevelt Island Tramway (Cable Car in US English) which was initially designed as an essential transport link, but then became somewhat of a major tourist attraction after it was replaced by a Subway connection.

Emirates are sponsoring this project to the tune of £36 million as well, and I very much doubt they would have sponsored a foot tunnel! I thought it sounded a bit gimmicky at first, but how was TfL going to get £36m of private money for a tunnel to provide another type of crossing from?
 

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When Boris Johnson announced his vanity project he claimed it would be entirely financed by private money, that of course has failed to happen and TfL are now having to pour in millions of pounds. That is money which could have been spent on real public transport, instead of what will likely be just a tourist attraction.
 

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Quite, it does look nice out on the perninuslar though. Although tbh, I think a bridge would have been more useful, and I'd bet for the same money you could put in an additional bridge to take some pressure of Blackwall Tunnel and provide a route for foot traffic to avoid the 108 that makes some scary turns northbound.
 

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Quite, it does look nice out on the perninuslar though. Although tbh, I think a bridge would have been more useful, and I'd bet for the same money you could put in an additional bridge to take some pressure of Blackwall Tunnel and provide a route for foot traffic to avoid the 108 that makes some scary turns northbound.

There are plans to provide a new road tunnel just east of the Blackwall Tunnel (pretty much directly under the cablecar), and to replace the Woolwich car ferry with another one further east at Gallions with all-new approach roads.

TfL consultation (ongoing)
 
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