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Boris forced to defend cable car at PQT

Boris Johnson has faced strong criticism over his transport policy at People's Question Time in Catford. He was forced to defend his £60m cable car project, and faced demands for a better transport network for south London.

Cable car numbers down

The Emirates Air Line cable car connects North Greenwich withe the Royal Docks Credit: PA

Passenger numbers on the Thames cable car have fallen from 180,000 a week during the Olympics to as few as 300 a day.

The service has surpassed is first year target of 1.3 million trips, with more than 1.7 million journeys being made, but the number of daily uses has fallen dramatically.

Transport for London charges £4.30 for an adult to cross the Thames by cable car, reduced to £3.20 for pay-as-you-go Oyster cards. Oyster travelcards are not accepted.

Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon is calling for that to change, with cable car trips being included in the price of an Oyster travelcard.

TFL paid more than £15 million towards the construction of the east London Thames crossing and spent more than two million pounds on the service in its first 20 weeks of operation.

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Boris admits cable car may not be ready in time

Boris Johnson confirmed today that the Olympic cable car project may not be finished in time for the Games.

Transport for London has never formally announced an Olympic link to the project which will see a cable car between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.**

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But it has long been seen as providing a key alternative transport link to help keep London moving during the huge influx of Olympics visitors. Original projections for the £45 million cable car system, where construction began in August 2011, aimed for an official opening in late Spring.

And Boris Johnson confirmed to our Political Correspondent Simon Harris today that the project is making good progress. But he was not prepared to commit to it actually being ready in time for the Games.

London's cable car milestone

Cable cars near completion Credit: ITN

London''s £60 million cable car across the Thames reaches a crucial milestone this weekend.

Less than a year after work started, the cables are being hung from the new towers between Greenwich and Silvertown.36 Gondolas have arrived from Switzerland and Transport for London is promising a launch sometime this summer.

Emirates Air Line Credit: ITN