The cable car crossing the Thames at the Greenwich Peninsula will be closed all next week for maintenance.

The Emirates Air Line’s annual planned maintenance will take place from Monday to Sunday, March 12-18.

This year the rollers at the top of the air line’s two north side towers, which are responsible for moving the cable, will be replaced. Each roller weighs around 50 kilograms, with the towers containing between 6 and 72 rollers.

The maintenance will include replacing the liners on the inside of the rollers and individually exchanging them at the top of each tower, 280ft above the ground.

The hydraulic and braking systems at both the north and south terminals will be serviced, along with electrical equipment in each of the cabins.

Dave Fisher, TfL's head of the Emirates Air Line, said: “Since opening in 2012, more than nine million passengers have enjoyed a unique and spectacular ride on the UK’s first urban cable car, including over 1.4 million passengers in the last year alone.

“Our planned maintenance week ensures that we can continue to run a safe and reliable service for all of our customers. We apologise for any disruption this causes. However, by carrying out all this vital work now, we will not require any further planned closures this year.”

The nearest alternative public transport to cross the river is North Greenwich tube station for the Jubilee Line or the Royal Victoria DLR station on the north side.