Boris Johnson has come out in support of a cable car across the Thames at North Greenwich.
The possibility of a crossing between the O2 and Canary Wharf was discounted by TfL last year as impractical and a privacy risk.
However, the possibility of a privately funded crossing between the O2 and the Excel Centre was left open:
Boris told the Press Association today:
"A cable car spanning the majestic Thames would not only provide a unique and pioneering addition to London's skyline, but also offer a serene and joyful journey across the river.Passengers would be able to drink in the truly spectacular views of the Olympic Park and iconic London landmarks whilst shaving valuable minutes from their travelling time. It would also provide a much needed enhancement of cross river options to the east of the city."
Boris has made it repeatedly clear that he backs the Silvertown road crossing at North Greenwich as outlined here.
However, with the coalition government set to slash TfL funding, a privately funded cable car is now seen as a good and cheap 'interim' measure.
Indeed a similar 'interim' crossing was installed in New York in advance of a Subway route but has been kept ever since.
Singapore also has a similar crossing although it has not had quite as smooth a history.
The appeal of a cable car was first pointed out to Boris by Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson two years ago, although I think Boris was more keen on the catapult!
Darren Johnson (Deputy Chair): If you are not pursuing [the Thames Gateway Bridge] are you going to be looking at the independent report which is one of the last things that the Greens managed to squeeze out of the previous Mayor in the final days of his administration? It puts some wonderful ideas forward as alternatives to the current proposals for a six lane road bridge. Are you going to look at that?Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I will certainly look at your alternatives. What are they? Do you envisage a kind of catapult!Darren Johnson (Deputy Chair): They are not from me; they are from independent transport experts. There is a range of options: a public transport only bridge; not having cars on but allowing some commercial vehicles and public transport; a cable car, which is an exciting idea. There are lots of ideas there.Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I do think that everybody in London has got to accept that we do need another crossing east of Tower Bridge. Yes?Darren Johnson (Deputy Chair): Look at a cable car!Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): A cable car? Well, we will look at a cable car.
And so he has. But will it actually happen?