Regeneration Impact of the Emirates Air Line



Regeneration Impact of the Emirates Air Line

Authors

Maeve Clements, Transport for London

Description

The Emirates Air Line, which opened at the end of June 2012, is a cable car connecting two areas of regeneration in East London (Royal Docks to the north of the River Thames and Greenwich Peninsula to the south).

This paper will describe the impact of the Emirates Air Line on the economy of the two regeneration areas it connects.

Abstract

The Emirates Air Line, which opened at the end of June 2012, is a cable car connecting two areas of regeneration in East London (Royal Docks to the north of the River Thames and Greenwich Peninsula to the south).

The Emirates Air Line aimed to:
1. Improve connectivity across the Thames for pedestrians and cyclists
2. Provide more resilient transport to and from the Greenwich Peninsula
3. Facilitate regeneration and maximise the potential of both the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks Opportunity Areas and support the success of the established visitor attractions

An extensive monitoring programme has been undertaken to understand the impacts of the Emirates Air Line on the local area, particularly the local economy. The monitoring programme has enabled understanding of how the Emirates Air Line is being used, who is using it, attitudes of local residents and businesses and Londoners.

The Emirates Air Line carries around 38,000 passengers a week, with higher usage during school holiday periods. The majority of the journeys are for leisure purposes. The Emirates Air Line connects two of London big attractions – the O2 arena in Greenwich Peninsula which is large leisure attraction and the Excel Centre in Royal Dock, a major conference and leisure attractor. A large proportion of the journeys on the Emirates Air Line are people who are also visiting either the O2 or Excel.

Businesses close to the two terminals of the cable car are reporting increased footfall since it opened, this has particularly benefited local restaurants and cafes. The research has shown that the Emirates Air Line is providing an additional attraction for visitors and encouraging movement between the two sides of the river where previously there was no direct crossing.

Due to the geography of the Greenwich Peninsula it relies on a small number of transport connections; the Emirates Air Line provides another public transport connection and additional resilience, as well as acting as an attraction in its own right.

This paper will describe the impact of the Emirates Air Line in the first six months of operation.

Publisher

Association for European Transport