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Greenwich Emirates Air Line cable car passengers halve in a year
GREENWICH'S cable car passengers have nearly halved compared to last year, as a call is made for it to be privately-run as a tourist attraction.
At a TfL board meeting this week transport commissioner Sir Peter Hendy admitted that passenger journeys on the peninsula crossing were down against budget, but claimed plans were in place to increase usage.
But Lib Dem Local Assembly leader Caroline Pidgeon said: "After 16 months of operating the latest passenger figures for the cable car speak for themselves. It is increasingly clear that the longer it is in existence the less people want to use it as it is currently run.
"The Mayor of London, who is chair of Transport for London, should now be honest with Londoners and decide what its real future should be.
"If the cable car is to have any success in the long term it should either be run and operated as a privately run tourist attraction, or instead operated as an integral form of public transport, where people with a travelcard or a relevant pass can use it for free."
TfL’s head of the Emirates Air Line Danny Price said: "Passenger numbers fluctuate due to a wide range of factors from week to week, however overall numbers this year are in line with TfL’s forecasts.
"Since opening in June 2012 the Emirates Air Line has carried nearly three million people and as a vital new crossing in east London it continues to play a key role in attracting investment to this strategically important part of the capital."
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