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New milestone reached on London's cable car project

Main contractor Mace has just taken possession of the site for the north tower on the London cable car project in east London.

Site clearance is now under way so piling contractor Bachy Soletanche can start work on the rotary bored piles that will be used to support the 84m tall steel tower — one of five — on the scheme.

The London mayor Boris Johnson-championed project is being undertaken for Transport for London (TfL) and will link the Royal Victoria Dock to the north of the Thames with the Greenwich Peninsula close to the O2 event venue.

The construction of the north tower is the final of five sites for the project to get started on. Piling work for the south tower and north station involves working over water and Bachy is carrying out these contracts in joint venture with Red7Marine.

The cable car will “provide spectacular views across the Thames” and TfL has said it will also provide another link for commuters and tourists. The project is due to be completed next summer.

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